Date: Mon, 21 Nov 1994 20:52:01 -0600
From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: Recent Black English
On Mon, 21 Nov 1994 PPATRICK%GUVAX[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UICVM.UIC.EDU wrote:
mwhat DOES it mean for Frazer's and other students? I think
speculating on diachronic change or Labov's having gotten it
influentially all wrong is silly until someone gives an example and
says what it's supposed to mean (though both could possibly be true).
The student who told me this suggested that the meaning was no different
from Standard English uses of the present progressive--at least I think
so; it's been awhile and my memory is gettin fuzzy.