Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 21:47:19 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Posts from non-professionals
Speaking of invariant BE, as Beverly Flanigan was recalling our having done a
He at least knows that invariant "be" is not applied willy-nilly but is
rule-governed, and that Black English does indeed mark tense.
[where "he" = Steve Nolden]
...I double-took (if that's the appropriate compound verb form) on the
following headline in today's New York Times (p. A18):
For Teamsters, Local Victory in Chicago Be Sign
My first thought was that even thought this doesn't appear to be a "timeless"
enough claim to warrant the use of invariant BE, it's nice that the Times is
willing to try expanding to different dialects. On second thought, though, I
suppose it's just a typo. (The first sentence of the AP story reads "A victory
in a teamsters local election here [Chicago], for the wing that supported the
former teamsters President Ron Carey, could be a sign that James P. Hoffa is
in for a battle as he seeks to succeed Mr. Carey.") Oh well.