ERIC Number: ED035857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
On the Structure of the Verb in a Dialect of American Negro English.
Loflin, Marvin D.
Identifiable relational entities in the Auxiliary (Aux) structure of Nonstandard Negro English (NNE) enter into different sets of relationship from identifiable relational entities in the Aux structure of Standard English (SE). Specifically, there is an absence of "have + en" structures; there is no agreement between subjects and verbal forms other than "be"; "-ed" and unmarked verbs traditionally identified with SE present tense may be neutralized; and "be" functions as a tense. These facts about NNE raise problems about the ways we might account for differences between SE and NNE and about accounting for differences between language varieties in general. (Author/DO)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Deep Structure, Dialect Studies, Morphophonemics, Nonstandard Dialects, North American English, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, Structural Analysis, Surface Structure, Syntax, Transformational Generative Grammar, Verbs, Vocabulary
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Center for Research in Social Behavior.
Note: Part of "A Program for the Study of Role Theory," Bruce J. Biddle, Principal Investigator