Third person singular -sand event marking in child African American English

Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner, Lisa Green
2016 Linguistic Variation  
This paper discusses 3rd person singular -sin the language of three- to six-year-old developing AAE speakers, in relation to early stages of zero 3rd person singular -s(Øs) and overtsmarking. Data include a sentence repetition task and a story retell task. The speakers' 3rd person singular -s and Øs marking are examined as a function of age, verb type, allomorph, and verb coordination. Analyses are presented to support the claim that the 3rd person singular marker -sis not part of the AAE
more » ... r although children produce the marker in certain contexts. The speakers' 3rd person singular -sand Øs marking are also discussed in relation to the optional root infinitive stage and the Multiple Grammars approach.
doi:10.1075/lv.16.1.05new fatcat:43r5dyy26jcyjg4ykhk46letqu