USAGE: NATLANG: I've Gots An English Question
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 22, 2003, 16:13|
As was repeated many times in various linguistics classes i took in
college, one of the salient characteristics of African American
Vernacular English, a.k.a. Ebonics, is the lack of final |-s| on (if i
remember exactly) possessives, 3rd person singular present verbs, and
So then what dialect of English *adds* final |-s|s where Standard
American says they don't belong?
The song "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" by Jason Mraz that's been on the
radio recently includes the line:
"if you've gots the poison, I've gots the remedy"
At another point in the song he seems to say "I says" as another use of
final |-s| on a non-3rdperson present verb.
So does anyone know if this is a feature of any specific dialect(s)?
btw, HAPPY ROKBEIGALMKI NEW YEAR! :-)