Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 20:55:36 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Recent Black English
I've gotten similar reactions to what Tim Frazer reported regarding VBE.
One shouldn't be surprised that a "lect" changes in a generation, particularly
in salient usages that have the potential for social stigmatization. Is
the VBE lect of today's college-age African Americans supposed to be the
same as that of their parents' generation? The item that was called to my
attention was habitual BE, as in Tim's case.