On Thu, 13 Jan 2000 [log in to unmask] wrote: > Patrick, you proved the point about Black English, though seemed > to miss it yourself. Black English is slang. Bad english in the > same sense as "Thanks dude." or "What's up?" is. I do not question > its languagehood based on semantics. I question it because it > the people who speak it have a good four-five synonyms for their > race. Regardles of whether it *should be* considered a language > of its own right, it started being called a language out of > consideration for racial-oversensitivity. Of course, that wasn't the point at all. Are you sure you're not in my class? You sound a lot like one of my freshmen.