Since + [time period]
Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Tue Apr 18 11:05:58 UTC 2000
on 16/4/00 4:48 PM, Tom Kysilko wrote:
> On an NPR news program last week, regarding some new initiate Tony Blair
> may be taking to try to restart the peace process in Northern Ireland, I
> thought I heard a BBC correspondent say something like, "The two
> governments have been working on a joint proposal since three weeks."
> Indeed, is this locution even common in contemporary British English? [It
> makes me think of those Jane Austen emulators, who lard their prose with
> "these three weeks". Yes, they occur in the Austen corpus, but not very
The construction "since three weeks" strikes me as very odd. "Since three
weeks ago" might be more acceptable. Since the BBC has allowed non-RP
standard varieties be used by its newsreaders and reporters, it is possible
that a regionalism slipped through in the correspondent, if s/he were from
Ireland... although I don't know if this construction is acceptable in
Hibernian English, either.
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Departments of English Language and
aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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