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Saying that a language or language variety marks a grammatical category of "habitual aspect" implies that there is some construction that is dedicated to expressing habitual actions. "He works" uses the English "simple present tense" construction, which has perfective as well as habitual interpretations. Even if in practice "he works" would typically be ...


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The sentences accurately represent one form of African American Vernacular English. The names, however, do not represent how any black Americans that I have ever met would render those names. The pronunciation of those names in the sketch is a satire on how some black Americans choose deliberately unusual names. The implication is that the substitute teacher ...


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