Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 18:05:23 -0600

From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU

Subject: Re: Recent Black English

The last few years, my students (including some African-Americans)

complain that the info on BE in their textbooks doesn't square with their

experience. For example, one young African-American told me that when

she used uninflected BE it did NOT refer to a habitual action. Anyone

else have this happen? A of my readings are based on Labov's work 25

years ago, so I have to give her oberservations some credence.

Tim Frazer