Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 00:19:03 -0800 From: Audrey Wright 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. Audrey Wright 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. > > Tim Frazer >