A feature of Black English

John McWhorter on the tendency of Black English to drop the possessive -‘s case ending.  I wonder if Black English is really different from other Englishes in this tendency, or if it is just more advanced.  English speakers tend to drop case endings generally; so for many English speakers, alternations like I/me and we/us don’t come naturally any longer, and as a result we hear expressions like between you and I.    All oblique case forms seem to be on the way out.  Why would we expect -‘s to survive?


1 Comment

  1. cymast

     /  December 11, 2008

    I blame/credit the i-net an all it kin. PPL CHOP WRD 4 TXT SPELIN.

    Now I must go off on a tangent:

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