Tom Payne tpayne at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Mon Apr 7 16:02:15 UTC 1997

The regularized inflected "be" may also exist in AAVE, but this is not
the source of the example I cited or the ones cited by Alan Dench. I
believe there is something about the regular inflection of this verb,
and perhaps others, that is particularly suited to the "volitional"

Tell me, is it my imagination or does a clause like "he knowed the
answer" sound more like something someone might *do to* an answer than a
state the subject is in? (Or would such a reading be an extension from
"he mowed the lawn"? I don't like "speculative linguistics" either,
but what the heck, there hasn't been much traffic on Funknet recently.
(. .)
Thomas E. Payne, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403, USA
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