African American Language African American Language (AAL) is commonly referred to as "African American Vernacular English" (AAVE)," "Ebonics," "Spoken Soul," and "Black Language", Whatever people may call it, AAL is a rule-governed language spoken by more than 90% of African Americans in the United States (Rickford & Rickford, 2000). Scholars suggest (Rickford & Rickford,2000; Smitherman, 1999) that AAL is a historical marker for African American because it is derived from African languages spoken by enslaved Africans who were brought to America. AAL is spoken from the coast of Charleston, S.C to the coast of Tampa, Florida. The Gullah Geechee Language is a variation of African American Language. Listen to the following conversation on African American Language to learn about its importance to African Americans.
Please see the sub link titled Teaching Tips and Lesson Plans for lesson plans on the History of AAL.