Re: Some conlang questions
|From:||Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, December 29, 2002, 4:25|
--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> 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).
beuyont alch geont la ciay la cina
mangeiont alch geont y faues la lima;
pe' ne m' molestyont
doazque y facyont in rima.