Tag Archives: AAVE

Black American sign language

You’ve probably all heard of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), but did you know that Black American sign language (Black ASL) differs also? An intriguing article in the Washington Post explores how the two languages came to be so different. Researchers began to investigate this issue around five years ago, and last year published a(…)


Hey dude!

The word ‘dude’ often conjures up images of surfers and Californian drop-outs, but it’s becoming increasingly well-used by English speakers all over the world. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, its origins are in African American Vernacular English (AAVE), the dialect spoken by African Americans throughout the United States: dude 1883, “fastidious man,” New York(…)