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Re: CHAT: which's

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, February 27, 2003, 5:42
Joe wrote:
> It was probably originally a spelling error, but since has spread.
A spelling error presumably based on a misinterpretation of the /@(v)/ as being "of" rather than "have". After all, -'ve isn't (at least in my dialect) common except after pronounce (in which case it's /v/) or after other modals. Otherwise it's "have" /(h)&v/ (or sometimes /Ev/ or /Iv/, not sure exactly what the rules are there), so it doesn't really sound much like "have/-'ve", more like "of". Oh, I just remember, "y'all've" does have /@v/. Note: I'm not trying to start an English Pronunciation Thread! :-) Merely pointing out what happens in at least one dialect to give a possible reason for that reanalysis. BTW, Joe, please cut out the parts of the posts that you're not replying to! Your replies are often 20 lines of the original post, and then one line of your reply. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42