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USAGE: 'thou' in modern English dialects [was Re: "two be"]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 2, 2002, 21:39
Quoting Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>:

> > In Warwickshire/West Midlands English, -st seems to still be > > hanging on, as in "tha cost" etc, although in fast speech, > > the -t tends to be lost. > > I'm confused... do you mean that the -st of the old verb (e.g. didST) > remains? Does your example 'tha cost' mean 'that cost' ('that' being > a pronoun)? Or are you just making a comment on phonetics? > > I lived in Leamington for a couple of years but don't recall hearing > any shade of 'thou' in speech... but then again I mightn't have > noticed it without expecting it ;)
Well, did you live in an urban area, or a rural one? IIRC, you're far more likely to hear it in rural areas. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers