Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 00:19:03 -0800
From: Audrey Wright awright[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SEACCD.SCCD.CTC.EDU
Subject: Re: Recent Black English
This is entirely possible. Mainly because most information on AAL/BE
refers to the'traditional' or most pure form of its usage. Over time, a
lot of African Americans are standardinzing the language. Then too,
there are some indications that the language is taking a different
direction by some users. The language/dialect is not a monolith. There
are many variations, both regional and social.
On Fri, 18 Nov 1994, Timothy C. Frazer wrote:
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.