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ain't (2)

question marker. /eyn/ [Atlantic; from convergence of Eng. ain't (e.g. Ain't you comin'?) with African sentence-initial question markers, e.g. Mandinka kóri or Yoruba njé (Holm 1978:245)] Isn't it true that ... : 1936 Ain' d' King an' d' Kaizer is cuzzins? (Dupuch 65). 1977 Ain' you does bite? (Shilling 128). cf. UN, IS' 2 (Black)

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Last update: 2011-10-25 03:54
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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