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Thread #7123   Message #3844471
Posted By: GUEST,Janie Carrithers
12-Mar-17 - 11:52 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kentucky Babe (Buck, Geibel, 1897)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kentucky Babe (Buck, Geibel, 1897)
In the wonderful Gullah dialect used by the descendents   of this beautiful language there was no conjugation of "to be" - no present, past or perfect-time was indicated by inflection for instance-I be goin to to town yesterday-I be goin to town today and I be going to town tomorrow?   ... birds am a hummin - that means the present , past and perfect tense(time). Many languages do not have declension of verbs as the English language -study linguistics-it is not an illiterate response -it is someone bi-lingual and it takes a very intelligent person to be able to Interpret !