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Re: x > f sound change

From:Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Thursday, September 13, 2001, 23:00
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
----- Original Message -----
From: "BP Jonsson" <bpj@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 12:05 PM
Subject: x > f sound change

> I've just got hands-on evidence that the /x/ > /f/ sound change as in > English _tough_ is a natural one: > In my dialect of Swedish the normal pronunciation of _garage_ is
> but my son (who is 3 1/2 years old) says /ga"rA:f/ very > clearly. Sound-change in the making! > > > /BP 8^)> > -- > B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > "Truth, Sir, is a cow which will give [skeptics] no more milk, > and so they are gone to milk the bull." > -- Sam. Johnson (no rel. ;)


Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Damon M. Lord <lorddm@...>should of/should have
John Cowan <cowan@...>
Andrew Chaney <adchaney@...>
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>Should of (was: x > f sound change)