African American Vernacular English

noun

Definition of African American Vernacular English

: a nonstandard variety of English spoken by some African Americans Modern lifestyles that rely on cell phones and the Internet are referred to as sources of linguistic innovation, and rap and hip hop music are pointed out as illustrative of African American Vernacular EnglishAmerican Speech abbreviation AAVE

First Known Use of African American Vernacular English

1991, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of African American Vernacular English was in 1991

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“African American Vernacular English.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African%20American%20Vernacular%20English. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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