past perfect for past

Moore, John moorej at UCSD.EDU
Wed Aug 11 20:38:55 UTC 2010

Does anyone know of literature that discusses the use of past perfect instead of simple past in the speech of younger Americans?  I was referred here from funknet, where I learned that this was a feature of AAVE (and given a nice reference to work by John Rickford and Christine Theberge-Rafal), but one poster noted that he noticed its use outside AAVE, among younger speakers at Penn.

thanks very much, John Moore

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