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USAGE: boughten [was: Re: Ungrammaticalization?]

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 15:31
On Fri, 16 Jul 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Josh Brandt-Young wrote: > > Has anyone else run into anything of the kind? > > >From time to time. Especially when I'm tired, I'll sometimes produce > ungrammatical (and not just prescriptivisitically [is that a word?] > ungrammatical) sentences, plus I have some odd forms in my speech, like > "boughten" for the past participle of "buy". I don't produce "have > bought" very often, and virtually never a form like "would have > bought". Why that "boughten" should be more common in the more complex > verb form is a mystery to me, but nevertheless it exists.
My wife uses 'boughten' all of the time, but only adjectivally; "a boughten cake" (as opposed to one made in our own kitchen). I think that the usage is common in the Midwest United States, since both my wife (from Minnesota) and my sister-in-law (from Illinois) have this usage. I tease Laura all the time about it (and other Minnesota-isms); she's a good sport and teases me right back about all of my Utah-isms. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "All grammars leak." -Edward Sapir