Datapoint Earlier African American Vernacular English/Was/were generalization

Variety: Earlier African American Vernacular English
Feature: Was/were generalization
Value: B - feature is neither pervasive nor extremely rare
Informants: Alexander Kautzsch

Examples

Example 1310:
but wha' ah've seed dat evenin' when he were dyin', ah don' like it.

Source: Hyatt, Harry M. 1970-1978: 4510

Example 1311:
An' so he was tellin' his wife tha'.

Source: Hyatt, Harry M. 1970-1978: 4568

Example 1312:
Dey were called de root of mystery.

Source: Hyatt, Harry M. 1970-1978: 4525

Example 1313:
An' so they was gonna hang Uncle Wille, least they did hang him.

Source: Hyatt, Harry M. 1970-1978: 4544