Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 20:55:36 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" 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. DMLance