—also used in African American English with spoken emphasis to indicate that something (such as an event or state) happened or existed in the remote past or that it began in the remote past and is still ongoing
… I been met [redacted name] like, long time ago.—unidentified African American English speaker, quoted in The Corpus of Regional African American Language
In linguistics, this use of been is referred to as BEEN (see below), BIN, stressed BIN, or stressed been.
: the verb form been used with spoken emphasis in African American English to indicate that something (such as an event or state) happened or existed in the remote past or that it began in the remote past and is still ongoing : stressed bin
While the use of BEEN to mark the remoteness of an action like told (as in She BEEN told me that) stands out as distinct from Mainstream Standard English (MSE), the use of this feature to mark the extended duration of a state like married (as in SheBEENmarried) is camouflaged by its resemblance to more mainstream constructions like She('s) been married, where been is unstressed and lacks the high-pitch … characteristic of remote past BEEN …—Tracey L. Weldon
The feature of African American English called BEEN frequently precedes perfect (see perfectentry 1 sense 5) verb forms, as well as progressive (see progressiveentry 1 sense 6) verb forms ending in -ing. It can also precede the African American English feature perfective done, additional predicates (such as nouns, adjectives, and prepositional phrases), and, in certain contexts, adverbial phrases.