initial th-dropping

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Mon Dec 4 16:54:10 UTC 2000

(CC'ed to ADS list (American Dialect Society.)
On the EDIE-CECTAL list (English dialects), J.L. Speranza writes:

What other cases (grammatical or purely lexical) have we got of England's
dialects where initial "th" is dropped like that? (i.e. like Devon "ee"
standing for an earlier "thee", or Scots "'at" standing for an earlier

I would say, the American interjection of approval or encouragement
"Attaboy!/Attagirl!". Can any ADS-ers help with this one? Please cc your
replies to
     edie-cectal at

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