Michael Montgomery N270053 at VM.SC.EDU
Thu Jan 18 14:31:58 UTC 2001

Dear ADS-Listers:

I am working on a paper on the subordinate conjunction _whenever_
and dealing with sentences like the following that feature
unconventional uses of the word:

  For a one-time occurrence in the past:

  Whenever his Daddy died, he took over the farm. (Arkansas

  For an extended-period in the past:

  Whenever I was growing up, we didn't talk the same way at school
as we did at home. (Tennessee)

Has anyone else observed such usages?  I am particularly interested
to know of examples from outside the Midland, especially from the
Lower South.

Thanks for any help,

Michael Montgomery
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208

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