Squat - revisited

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed May 29 15:34:17 UTC 2002

Stop the false parsing. kin=can.


>In a message dated Wed, 29 May 2002  7:59:56 AM Eastern Daylight
>Time, preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU writes:
>>  Nice to know y'all Kentucky corn-crackers kin still hit a squirrel
>>  tween the eyes with a .22.
>>  dInIs
>Now for a serious question: is it just me, or do others on this list
>find it jarring to hear "y'all" followed by an appositive, i.e.
>"y'all Kentucky corn-crackers kin"?
>       - James A. Landau
>P.S.  Yes, I am resolving the grammatical ambiguity in the message
>by construing "kin" as "relatives of the corn-crackers" rather than
>as a misspelling of the auxiliary verb "can".

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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