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Re: x > f sound change

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, September 13, 2001, 23:14
Michael Poxon wrote:
> 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.
_of_ and -'ve are homophonous. "You should of" is merely an orthographic variant of "You should've", altho the fact that it's often spelt that way indicates that "should've" is now seen as a single unit rather than a contraction of "should have", much as the spelling "ya'll" indicates that it's no longer seen as a contraction of "you all". "You shouldn't!" is grammatical, too, showing that the use of the contraction isn't unusual. -- "No just cause can be advanced by terror" ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>