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Re: clitics (was Re: Jovian's Verbs From Hell)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 4, 2002, 4:05
Quoting Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>:

> On 2 Sep 02, at 15:18, Thomas R. Wier wrote: > > [-a as a cliticised form of "have" as an auxiliary] > > Mastery of this clitic is one quality of fluency in the > > language. > > As is mastery of the -a from "to", and knowing when to use it. One of > my pet peeves is when learners of English use "gonna" or "wanna" in > written English -- and then sometimes go on to claim that "everyone > does it"!
I tend to agree, but that's because emails have for me a higher degree of formality than chats do. In chats, I'm quite likely to use informal spellings like <rilly> / <rill> for the intensive use of <really> / <real>. And I usually use <wouldna>, <shouldna>, etc. as well. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637