[Ads-l] Heard on the Maury show

Salikoko S. Mufwene mufw at UCHICAGO.EDU
Sat Jan 20 01:12:18 UTC 2018

Is the speaker by any chance Caribbean or from the Gullah area? And was 
"does" stressed or not? If the speaker is from either of these areas and 
"does" was not stressed and was pronounced with any schwa-related sound, 
it may have been used as a HABIT marker.


On 1/19/2018 2:50 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> Maury:
> "Do you think that your sister's boyfriend has been cheating on her with
> other women?"
> 20-ishblack, female guest:
> "*Yes*, Murray*! I _*does*_ think that my _sister's_ boyfriend _has_ been
> cheating on her with other women!"
> My WAG: the unexpected use of _does_ in this case is some kind of
> hypercorrection triggered by quoting Maury's words, since the use of
> _sister's_ and _has_ instead of _sister_ and _have_ is as anomalous as the
> use of _does_. I.e. "... my sister boyfriend have ..." is expected.
> *_Murray_: the usual pronunciation of "Maury" by the overwhelming majority
> of black guests and by  some white guests.

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