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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... andy.