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Subject: Syntax
Question: Is Transformational Generative Grammar by Noam Chomsky
applicable to AAVE (African American Vernacular English? I want to
make a thesis for my Bachelor degree. The research question is:

What is the difference between standard English and Ebonics
using Transformational Generative Grammar?

I heard that TGG cannot be applied in vernacular language or dialect.

Thank you if you are willing to answer this.

Sincerely,

Trisha

From: Trisha Artisty
Date: 29-Oct-2012
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  4. Re: Syntax    Norvin Richards     (30-Oct-2012)

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