Re: x > f sound change
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 14, 2001, 4:22|
Michael Poxon scripsit:
> 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.
It's been going on over here since at least 1920.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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