New use of "unless"?
flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Jan 23 16:10:07 UTC 2001
At 09:02 AM 1/23/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Mike Salovesh wrote:
> > Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> > >
> > > herb stahlke records an occurrence of
> > > >"I can't eat it like that unless I have heartburn all night."
> > >
> > > i'm fairly sure i've heard "without" used this way in pennsylvania
> > > dutch country, but i don't think i've heard "unless".
> > >
> > > arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
> > 1) Could "unless" in this context be a substitute for "lest"?
>I have heard people in Central PA use "unlest" in this context.
I would assume the /t/ is added as liaison with the following vowel, as in
"acrosst", "oncet", "twicet," etc.--common in much of the Midland.
But I suppose "lest" alone (re: Salovesh) is derived from "unless" too,
which suggests the usage of both has a long history.
Beverly Olson Flanigan Department of Linguistics
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