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Re: Some conlang questions

From:Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>
Date:Sunday, December 29, 2002, 4:25
--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:

> ("Ebonics"),
> they also have some important > grammatical differences. If i > remember correctly AAVE distinguishes simple > |you standin| (='you are > standing') from habitual |you be standin|, a > construction that doesn't > exist in many other dialects of English, > including the 'standard'.
Actually, the socalled simple present _is_ a habitual form in SAE. So, BEV / AAVE seems to mark the same aspects as SAE (punctual/durative) but in a different way, as you say above. AAVE also has "done" and "been" as aspect markers in addition to "be" (and "de" in Gullah). Padraic. ===== beuyont alch geont la ciay la cina mangeiont alch geont y faues la lima; pe' ne m' molestyont que faciont doazque y facyont in rima. .