Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 11:29:20 -0600 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: Re: basketball terms Another basketball usage that comes to me is the null-possessive, as in "Duke ball," or "Chicago ball," when the standard is "Duke's ball" or "Chicago's ball." I've heard this from basketball announcers who are otherwise speakers of "standard", but I'd guess that they've picked it up from the players. It seems to be a matter of s- deletion, which is common in AAVE. Any thoughts on this. Greg