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Title: A Grammatical Overview of Baltimore Non-standard Negro English
Authors: Anderson, Edmund A.
Keywords: English Language
Black English Dialect
Indo-European Languages
Issue Date: 1970
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, Md. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools
Abstract: This report is an overview of the most frequently recurring grammatical structures in the speech of ten-year-old to twelve-year-old black children from lower socioeconomic neighborhoods in Baltimore. The speech sample consists of three types of speech situations: playing games with peers, talking with an older white interviewer, and telling stories. This report presents the similarities between Baltimore Non-standard Negro English (BNNF) and Standard English (SE) as well as the differences, using a structural approach. Several important grammatical variables were chosen on which to Ferform some statistical counts. The results of these counts are presented in the appendix. They deal with the following features of BNNE: noun plural formation, possessive markers, past tense formation, presence versus absence of present tense auxiliary "be/copula," auxiliary "be/copula" past tense (i.e., "was" versus "were"), and the various forms of "have." (Author)
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