pds at VISI.COM
Thu Apr 4 19:44:04 UTC 2002
Not data, but a suggestive example. My father only uses "I says" when
recounting his WWII experiences. On one occasion I heard him in a
conversation with old army buddies, and they all spoke that way. All
stories were told using the narrative present. And third-person verb forms
followed "I" in most cases:
"Well I gets real p*ssed off; so I goes up the lieutenant, and I says . . ."
Benjamin Fortson writes:
> "I says" is extremely common at least in the Northeast US, in my
> experience. "So I says to him, I says..." is practically formulaic, and
> has (to my ears) a working-class feel.
> Maybe someone else has data on its distribution.
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