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Re: x > f sound change

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Thursday, September 13, 2001, 23:56
From: "Michael Poxon" <m.poxon@...>
> Something I've noticed very much recently, certainly in British English;
> just sound change, but syntactic change too. The ending /schwa+v/ found in > "could've", "should've" etc., is being interpreted as "of" instead of a > contraction of "have", and the emphatic response articulated as "You
> of!" instead of "You should have" and so on. My kids (13 and 16) consider > this perfect grammatical.
The /h/ drops in an position like that normally anyway. "Should of" is not so much a grammar error as it is a spelling error. *Muke!