LENELL ELIZABETH ANN
lenell at UCSU.COLORADO.EDU
Mon Apr 7 04:08:07 UTC 1997
AAVE "be" verbs pattern nicely with SAE. For a concise intro, and a
specific reference to "bees", see Finegan 1994, pg 425. He claims it is
an inflected variant used to indicate continuous, repeated, or habitual
One unconnected AAVE usage I have collected is
I beens gonna (do it).
I beens wanting one bad.
Presumably this is similar to SAE "have been", and may have been idiolect.
Univerisity of Colorado-Boulder
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