“Ain’t No Reason” – The Magazine

“Ain’t No Reason” – The Magazine:

Speakers of it use the same unspoken rules whenever they use the language, and different speakers apply the same rules consistently. If such speakers were just poor at using standard English, you wouldn’t see most AAVE speakers making the same so-called mistakes identically again and again.

The French comparison made me realise how irrationally unsympathetic I have been to this subject. I definitely fall into the camp that language evolves and studied things like the “Myth of Meritocracy” in sociology that overlap with themes in this about under-achieving demographics in education – but I think this does a good job of rooting the bigger abstract problem into a more tangible crossroads for decision.

- Max Tatton-Brown

May 7th, 2013