Date: Thu, 28 Jul 1994 19:41:35 -0400 From: "Becky Howard, Department of Interdisciplinary Writing, Colgate University" Subject: Re: Forrest Gump I haven't read the novel nor seen the film, but I'm curious about the representation of invariant *be* in the dialect of a white Alabaman. Is it perhaps an attempt similar to what the scriptwriters of the film *Sergeant York* put into Gary Cooper's mouth, as a representation of 1940's white Tennessee speech? Becky Howard Department of Interdisciplinary Writing Colgate University BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU