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Re: CHAT: which's

From:michael poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 11:48
Er... if which's is a contraction, what's it a contraction of? It can't be
the genitive, 'cause it ain't grammatical, and -/tSz/ or -/tSs/ isn't a
valid consonant cluster in English (not off the top of my head, anyway). If
the sense intended is as in something like "The tree which is over there" I
can't see this ever contracting. Most people would contract this statement,
if at all, as "The tree that's over there". This 'which' type of relative
construction seems to be disappearing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthaey Angosii" <arthaey@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: CHAT: which's

> Emaelivpaer Muke Tever: > >But I think the restraint against /Ss/ prevents "which is" from ever > >contracting at all. > > T'emaelivpar John Cowan: > >"Which's" is never acceptable in standard English. [snip examples] > >But the right thing for non-native speakers is simply never to use it. > > Personally, I'm a contraction-happy sort of person, especially online. If > I'm not careful, I'd've had "'cause 'cept 'specially" in my postings here, > which's a bit of an overkill. ;) > > I think it just depends on context. If you look at my log files of IM > chats, there are contractions everywhere. The more grammatically "proper" > I'm trying to be -- such as when writing less-spoken-English-like e-mails > -- I'll try to weed out some of the less standard contractions. > > "Which's" would count as very informal in my book, but still acceptable. > > > -- > AA


David Barrow <davidab@...>