Present accounted for: Prosody and aspect in early African American English.

James A. Walker
This study reconstructs the present temporal reference system of Early African American English (AAE) by investigating the linguistic factors conditioning several variables within the domain of present temporal reference in three varieties argued to be representative of Early AAE. The first half concerns the variable contraction and deletion of the copula, studies of which have used the following grammatical category to ascribe a creole origin to AAE, while downplaying the equally significant subject-type constraint. Arguing...
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