August 31, 2010

Drug Enforcement Administration Seeking Ebonics Translators

The DEA has issued a request for translators in 114 languages, including Ebonics. The Linguistic Society of America says Ebonics a valid dialect in which Ebonics is “a language form we have a need for,” the DEA says.  Critics are concerned about racial profiling resulting from assumptions made from a speaker’s dialect.  However, Ebonics is no longer spoken only by African-Americans, since many hold it to be an “urban language” or “street language.”   The term […]