On 3-10-99, Padraic wrote: "Indeed, "White English" marks aspect; but the point was that "Black English" does it in a similar fashion to the earlier English example given, i.e., by using "be" for the habitual. I'm a-writing --> I ritin; I be a-writing --> I be ritin." It is also archaic in some phonological ways, too: I understand the original form the the verb "to ask" is something like "axan" (to 'aks'); Black English has maintained the older form while standard English dialects have the nouveau "ask." BB ********* I'm a kinky, queer, bisexual genderfucker. And they say, "write what you know." -Cecilia Tan, 'Writing Sex,' OutWrite 1999 You need to have a magpie mind. I think you need to like shiny things. -Samuel R. Delaney on what it takes to be a scifi writer, OutWrite 1999 Only 297 shopping days left before the end of the world.