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Re: CHAT: which's

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 2:03
> On Tuesday 04 March 2003 5:44 am, Nik Taylor wrote: > > Tim May wrote: > > > Your dialect won't allow "I've not" either? > > > > Nope. To me, that sounds English. I'm sure there are probably other > > dialects outside of England that do that, and probably dialects in > > England that don't, but "English" is the association I have when I hear > > a form like "I've not" > > Thing is, It's not English, I have never ever heard a person say 'I've not' > 'I have not' or 'I haven't' are the only two options I've heard, outside of > Victorian plays by Oscar Wilde or somesuch person
I find it hard to imagine how someone can live in England, even if they've grown up in London, and think that "I've not" is not English English. It's not even restricted to the North. Searching the British National Corpus online: finds 0 "I've not" and only 3 "I haven't" (100m words, of which 10m are spoken), so that doesn't prove much, but if you google for them you find that although "I haven't" is ten times more common globally, "I've not" is predominantly British. --And.


Joe <joe@...>