this is a serious question. I truly am curious about this. when a black person speaks versus a white person, there is a difference in their speech. It doesn't seem to matter where in the country they're from
for example, I'm from philly. Black people who grew up here speak with a different tone. Is that a cultural thing? To maintain that? I'm sorry if this question isn't properly worded. I'm actually not sure how to ask it but hopefully you get the idea.
Most Helpful Guy
I study linguistics and I happen to have researched "black English" in the course of my studies, so I might be able to help you a bit :-).
Black English has many names but we linguists usually call it African American Vernacular English, or AAVE. AAVE is generally considered a so-called sociolect. Sociolects are "varieties" (another technical term) spoken by particular social groups (contrary to dialects, which are spoken by groups of different geographic locations). For example women talk different than men. Working class folks talk different than rich people. Teenagers talk different than adults or elders. These are all well-researched sociolects. The special feature about AAVE is that its history goes back a long way. It is not fully understood yet how AAVE came into existence. However, there is one hypothesis that is by far the most popular among linguists who have been concentrating their efforts on this subject. This hypothesis assumes that AAVE is the product of a so-called creole language. Creoles are languages that are basically a mixture between two (rarely three) different languages. Usually, this mixture seems random but it is in fact very systematic. For instance a creole language would rely heavily on the vocabulary of language A but put it together with the grammatical rules of language B. Contrary to Pidgins, which are only proto-languages and used to communicate the most important needs, creoles are fully developed and functional languages which have native speakers (so children would be raised in a new creole language). Creoles are particularly prevalent in south and central America, including the caribbean. However, it has been proven that all the black slaves imported from Africa (mostly the region of modern Congo and Angola) did originally speak a creole language. This creoles were usually a construction of English (or quasi-English) words, composed with the grammatical rules of their original African languages. It is also believed that these creoles were one of the major reasons white Americans assumed their slaves to be of low intelligence. To white people, the creoles of their slaves often sounded like gibberish or simply "bad English". However, today linguists know this is not true. Creoles were not inferior to standard English in any way. Though they often had different grammatical rules, they were just as complex and functional as standard English. A native speaker of a creole language was just as capable of expressing1
Most Helpful Girl
It isn't race, it's upbringing. Black immigrants don't have it, always talked "white english" no matter how hard I tried 😂 It's AAVE.2