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CHAT: "close the light" (was: Re: CHAT: silly names, prepositions)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, March 19, 2001, 14:43
On Sun, 18 Mar 2001 15:31:51 -0800 Barry Garcia
<Barry_Garcia@...> writes:
> CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >Now that makes me curious...does anybody else apply the syntactical > rules > >of their mother tongue to others they speak at an almost mother > tongue > >level? (I mean like, someone who is Canadian or American born but > whose > >first language is not English or French).
> Probably not as good an example of yours, but i'll often hear my > father > say things like "close the light", which is something quite common > that > other Filipinos will do (my father is American born, and even though > he > spoke english growing up, and really only listening to my > grandmother and > father speak, he picked up their speech habits). My grandmother does > the > same also. > ____________________________ > Yours truly, > Cesar Javier Jaime Garcia
- I also say "close the light", and i'm 4th-generation American on most sides. I don't think that i say "open the light", but i'd understand it if someone else says it. "Shut the light" also sounds normal to me. -Stephen (Steg) "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth." ~ anonymous 'friendship' non-malevolent chain letter


Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>