AAVE aspect markers
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, December 29, 2002, 5:45|
On Sat, 28 Dec 2002 20:25:51 -0800 Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>
> --- 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).
Now i'm confused... could you give examples?
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