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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 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637