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Re: anymore (was: Re: the surprise that is at me...)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 9:22
> From: "dirk elzinga" > > > lots of late '60s radical political stuff mixed in with not very > > serious linguistics; it's a historical curiosity anymore > A detour: "anymore" in an affirmative sentence makes my idiolect cringe. I > first heard this usage back in university, and balked at it then, but > greater exposure made it something I accepted, but never internalized. I > haven't heard this in quite a while, but here it is again. In a negative > sentence, piece o' cake, but in an affirmative sentence, I'd opt for "these > days" or some such. Is this just my idiolect, or something more "back East"? > Other Northeast speakers?
There's an article on positive anymore in a collection edited by Peter Trudgill and J. K. Chambers. I can't remember the title of the collection, but I have a feeling it was published by Longman. Hang on, I might have it on this PC. Yes: Trudgill, P. & J. K. Chambers (1991) Dialects of English, London: Longman. --And.