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Re: OT: Latin subject-verb agreement

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Thursday, December 13, 2007, 19:51
On Dec 13, 2007, at 7:37 AM, Jeff Rollin wrote:

> In the last episode, (On Thursday 13 December 2007 13:23:42), Mark > J. Reed > wrote: >> "Ungrammatical" according to English textbooks, sure, > > No, ungrammatical according to me. Not that I'm setting myself up > as any > authority, but though I've since reread the post I was replying to, > initially > I missed the "my" in "my English has fixed this". > >> but we're >> talking about real live English as she be spoke. "I, who are" sounds >> weird to me, but I can see where it would work, along the same lines >> as "Aren't I?' >> > > I suspect that "aren't" is only "aren't" here because > phonotactically, you > can't say "amn't?" "I, who are" doesn't have that problem. > > Jeff.
Some people do say _amn't_. There's no problem with its phonotactics that, e.g. _doesn't_ or _haven't_ don't also suffer from (it's two syllables, AIUI). I also hate "aren't I", so I replace it with either "amn't" or "am I not" -- but mostly just in internal monologue. I don't have much occasion to say them out loud (and when I do, I say "am I not").