Anonymous asked:

why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

Simply, But With Great Anticipation Answer:




you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

language yooo the anthropology is language is fucking fascinating and it has so many rules and people are so easy to dismiss things like this code switching is hella impressive

east coasters: i drove through 17 states on the way to work

west coasters: i have been traveling in this desert for 49 years. generations have died. children have been born. when will i make it to the promised land

Midwesterners: I haven't left a 20 mile radius in 2 years

floridians: please help me there are so many oranges they are attacki-

omg the midwest one tho this is personal