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Ebonics, or Language as a Class and Status Marker

By: Maurice Englander
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 1
Date: Winter 1997

Summary: Englander dismisses the Ebonics critics by arguing "The only important question about a student's language is this: Can he say what he needs to say and be understood by the person he's speaking with?"

 

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