Re: x > f sound change
|From:||Andrew Chaney <adchaney@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 14, 2001, 16:31|
on 13/09/01 18:01, Michael Poxon (m.poxon@VIRGIN.NET) wrote:
> Dear BPJ
> Something I've noticed very much recently, certainly in British English; not
> 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 should
> of!" instead of "You should have" and so on. My kids (13 and 16) consider
> this perfect grammatical.
> Mike Poxon
It happens on this side of the pond too. I remember people having trouble
with that in elementary school. It makes sense to me: the 've is pronounced
more like of than have...