Date: Sun, 20 Nov 1994 12:41:21 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: Recent Black English In Message Fri, 18 Nov 1994 20:55:36 CST, "Donald M. Lance" writes: >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. Change is possible, but it is also possible that the construction was just not well understood by influential outsiders who describe the variety. I think that Arthur Spears' notion of "camouflaged" construction applies to much more than "come + V-in" constructions. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861