Also, I've seen this way of speaking, turned on and off like a light switch. For instance: I doubt you'd hear a black lawyer talking like this in court, or a black doctor talking like this to a patient.
So what are your thoughts?
There = dare
Door = Doe
Before = Befoe
With you = Whichoo
This = dis
That = dat
Please be respectful and thoughtful.
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A lot of older, white, Deep South Southerners speak almost exactly the same way. As for blacks, on the barrier islands in South Carolina and Georgia, they still speak Gullah, an African language, where many black folks families originally came from. Add Gullah to a real deep South accent and it's no wonder many blacks speak that way, because the accent you learned before you were 5 is hard to lose. I've lived in Georgia most of my life, but lived in Virginia as a kid, and if I'm not careful, still call a house a "hoose."
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In the past when the first Africans came to the US they spoke like that because English-speakers didn't use much time on learning them English. In addition they usually didn't get any education since a slave needed to be able to work on the farms, not read and write. It was also easier for the English-speakers to control them when they couldn't read, write or speak the standard way. Illiterate people can't send letters to each others as easily and people speaking differently have difficulty getting a normal job. When both the first generation Africans, their children, grandchildren and so on didn't get properly schooling, they had to pick up the English language hearing it.
If they were unsure about grammars, pronunciation etc., they made their own way to say it. AAVE (African-American vernacular English/Ebonics) have it's own grammar rules and has been a sociolect for a long time.
Nowadays people use it because they either thinks it sounds cool, wants to stand out, are proud of their ancestry or wants to keep an unique culture they can be proud of. It's the same reason why some Norwegians eats bland food although Norwegians have more wealth now than in the past. It's both because of some likes it and cultural reasons. It's like a tradition. Cultures and traditions makes people stand together in a community. It's human's way to socialize I suppose.
What Norwegians; especially elderly (regardless of wealth) eats:
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Its actually a southern thing, I think—while you see it portrayed more in movies as being particularly of the African American ethnical culture, it’s a popular way of talking in the south (save for the mansion dwellers).