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Old 10.05.2011, 10:52
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You know whats funny? An Irish person would be inclined to say 'I'm just after seeing her'. This is because Irish (Gaelic) doesn't have a pluperfect tense. Perhaps because you are Scottish you have a similar aversion to perfect tenses?

'I just saw her sounds' doesn't sit well with me either. I wouldn't cringe if I heard it spoken but I would be unlikely to use it myself.
If someone said 'I just saw her sounds' I wouldn't cringe but I'd very very confused

I can't say I've ever heard or read someone say 'I'm just after seeing her' though I don't know a word of Scottish Gaelic.
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Old 10.05.2011, 11:08
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What's your source for that? I'm asking because nothing in my experience or reading has ever suggested the existence this form in AAVE, and linguistics is an interest of mine.
my bad memory :P
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I can't say I've ever heard or read someone say 'I'm just after seeing her' though I don't know a word of Scottish Gaelic.
Well its obviously just an Irish thing then: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiberno-English

You don't need to know any Scots-Gaelic for your English to be influenced by it by the way. Plently of Irish speak little or no Irish yet the occasionaly grammar structure comes directly from the language. You just grow up listening to the people around you and end up copying their 'mistakes'. Those people did the extact same with the generation before them and so on. Of course Irish was prevalent in Ireland (outside the Dublin area) just over 120-150 years ago while in Scotland it was much longer than that since it was the main language - so prehaps the influence is weaker.
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