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Federal agents seek Ebonics translators

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Federal agents are looking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said the agency recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics.

Ebonics, which is also known as African-American vernacular English, has been described by the man who coined the term as the combination of English vocabulary with African language structure.

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