Datapoint Earlier African American Vernacular English/Variant forms of dummy subject there in existential clauses

Variety: Earlier African American Vernacular English
Feature: Variant forms of dummy subject there in existential clauses
Value: B - feature is neither pervasive nor extremely rare
Informants: Alexander Kautzsch

Examples

Example 1303:
Dey's some writin' on his grave-stone dey say tell how come he got killed.

Source: Rawick, George P. 1977/1979: 226

Example 1304:
Lissen it's no time fo' doin' evil fo' evil or eye fo' a eye.

Source: Hyatt, Harry M. 1970-1978: 4518