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,