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ERIC Number: ED010875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A NOTE ON THE DEEP STRUCTURE OF NONSTANDARD ENGLISH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
LOFLIN, MARVIN D.
AMBIGUOUS SENTENCES WITH "BE" IN THE NONSTANDARD SPEECH OF NEGROES ARE DISCUSSED. THE AUTHOR HYPOTHESIZES THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN THE UNDERLYING SEMANTIC STRUCTURE (DEEP STRUCTURE) BETWEEN NONSTANDARD NEGRO SPEECH AND OTHER DIALECTS OF ENGLISH, AND THAT A "HABITUATIVE" CATEGORY MUST BE POSTULATED TO REMOVE STRUCTURAL AMBIGUITY. A SAMPLING IS TAKEN FROM THE SPEECH OF NEGRO CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 8 TO 14 IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA. THREE SIMPLIFIED TREE DIAGRAMS SHOW THE DEEP STRUCTURE DIFFERENCES WHICH GIVE THREE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS TO THE SENTENCES "I BE BUSY" OR "WHEN YOU COME, I BE BUSY." IN ADDITION TO THE MODALS "WILL" AND "WOULD," THERE IS A THIRD "HABITUATIVE" CATEGORY, WHICH REPRESENTS A RECURRING ACTIVITY ENGAGED IN AT SPECIFIC TIMES. (KL)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA