Accession Number : AD0660701

Title :   ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE VERB IN A DIALECT OF AMERICAN NEGRO ENGLISH.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MISSOURI UNIV COLUMBIA CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Personal Author(s) : Loflin,Marvin D.

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Identifiable relational entities in the Auxiliary (Aux) structure of Nonstandard Negro English (NNE) enter into different sets of relationships from identifiable relational entities in the Aux structure of Standard English (SE). Specifically, there is an absence of have + En structures; there is no agreement between subjects and verbal forms other than be; ed and unmarked verbs traditionally identified with SE present tense may be neutralized; and be functions as a tense. These facts about NNE raise problems about the ways we might account for differences between SE and NNE and about accounting for differences between language varieties in general. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GRAMMARS, *ENGLISH LANGUAGE), SYNTAX, VOCABULARY, SEMANTICS, LINGUISTICS

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE