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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

Reply: One person working on the syntax of AAVE, in a generally Chomskyan framework, is
Lisa Green:

<a href='http://people.umass.edu/lisag/' target='_blank'>http://people.umass.edu/lisag/</a>;

You could also have a look at the work of Michael Terry (though he is more concerned
with semantics than with syntax):

<a href='http://www.unc.edu/~terryjm/' target='_blank'>http://www.unc.edu/~terryjm/</a>;

Good luck--

--Norvin Richards

Reply From: Norvin Richards      click here to access email
 
Date: 30-Oct-2012
 
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  3. Re: Syntax    John M. Lawler     (29-Oct-2012)

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