Re: CHAT: (no subject)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 27, 2003, 5:39|
On Fri, 26 Dec 2003, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> Lately, I've seen alot of people misspelling the past tense and
> passive participle ending _-ed_ as **_-et_. Now, I'm wondering
> a) if this really is a phenomenon on the rise, or if I've just
> for no known reason only suddenly have begun noticing it, and b)
> if it is representative of some dialect merging /d/ and /t/
> finally - intervocalic merger of them is common enough, of course.
I can't say that I've ever seen this phenomenon written down,
but I do think I recall occasions when I've heard people
hypercorrect in spoken contexts. Also, it may be an affective
thing, much as when my friend's wife deaspirates her word-
initial stop consonants to sound cute and to get her way. This
kind of -et pronunciation in affective usage would be to sound
haughty or pretentious, in a mocking sort of way.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
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Chicago, IL 60637