I'm writing my thesis and I have a problem analysing this sentence:
"Ain't got no use for no coal company" (Grisham, 2014: 157).
I know there's no subject - is it therefore an ellipsis? I don't think so... What is the noun that is missing? If a context would help, here it is:
"Any idea what the land is worth?"
Mrs. Crump crunched her dentures and said, "A lot more than anybody knows. You see, the coal company came out last year and tried to buy the land, been trying for some time, but I ran 'em off again. Ain't selling to no coal company, no ma'am. They're blasting away not far from my land, taking down Cat Mountain, and it's a real shame. Ain't got no use for no coal company."
Carter and McCarthy (2006) provided me with terms such as multiple negation and ain't as a negative contraction