AAVE AIN’T NO JOKE PT 1

A question was asked, “Why do Black people use the word ‘you’ in the wrong context? Such as ‘you ugly’ instead of ‘you’re ugly’.”

It’s not wrong; it’s actually called a copula deletion. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula, the verb “to be” when the context is obvious.

So, saying something like “you annoying” in African American Vernacular English 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.

 

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