BE arrives at the Boston Globe?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 29 13:54:44 UTC 2009

At 9:04 PM -0800 9/28/09, David Bowie wrote:
>From:    "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>>I am amused by what I suppose is a writer's careless editing of his
>>own sentence that brings AAVE to the sports pages of the Boston Globe
>>(and I don't mean in quotations).  The "Sports Log" column, speaking
>>of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin's season-ending knee injury,
>>says "An MRI done revealed that Griffin has 'an isolated tear' in his
>>anterior cruciate ligament."
>Recognizing Tony Au's point that this might not be completive 'done',
>even if it is it might not be AAVE--it exists in Southern White
>Englishes as well, including my own.
I agree with Tony on this; note that an inserted "yesterday" just
after "done" removes any possible misinterpretation ("An MRI done
yesterday revealed that...").


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