The Old English Preterite Plural Lives!
linchair at LINGUISTICS.UCSB.EDU
Thu Nov 29 16:51:02 UTC 2001
I've definitely heard and used "we snook" (rhymes with "look"). I grew up in
northern California. For some reason, I associate this with my teenage years
in the 70's -- maybe because we frequently snook out of the house without
our parents knowing.
-- Carol Genetti
----- Original Message -----
From: <hstahlke at ATT.NET>
To: <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:15 AM
Subject: The Old English Preterite Plural Lives!
> I just finished with an undergrad HEL class in which we
> were talking about the development of OE strong verbs
> into ModE. One of the minor developments we covered was
> the analogical rise of new strong verb forms like
> dive/dove and sneak/snuck. At this point one student,
> who grew up in Phoenix, astonished me by saying that she
> also has the form [snUk] (rhymes with look) and that she
> uses it only in the plural: I [snAk] but we [snUk]. I
> surveyed the class to see if anyone else had heard or
> used this form, and a student from St. Louis confirmed
> it, that she heard it in the speech of her teenage son
> and his friends. Obviously, this is not a reversal of
> merger restoring the lost OE preterite plural, but it
> does create a new preterite plural form. Has anyone
> heard this usage or forms like it? Has anything been
> written about it?
> Herb Stahlke
> Ball State University
More information about the Ads-l