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Date: 01-Feb-2006 From: Jim Fitzpatrick <jfitzalumni.duke.edu> Subject: Use of 'You's' in AAVE
I would like to know if anyone knows of any scholarly resources done on the use of 'you's' in African American Vernacular English. I am specifically interested in its use where a deleted copula might otherwise normally occur, as in the following examples:
(1a) You a X. (1b) You's a X.
I am specifically interested in any sociolinguistic work done on distribution patterns or social significance of this variant. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.
Jim Fitzpatrick Ph.D Program in Linguistics University of California-Santa Barbara