"ain't gonna back down"

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSU.EDU
Thu Sep 12 15:02:14 UTC 2002

Yeah, I couldn't find it by googling either. Other possibilities besides The
Bozo Effect: maybe an overzealous transcriber removed nonstandard features,
or maybe the quote is less likely to be found on the web if it is from a
speech given before the internet era. I remember reading it in some printed
source as an example of intentional nonstandardness used to give an
impression of toughness. Oh, well... for the moment, I can use "you ain't
seen nothing yet" from the last presidential election instead.

on 9/12/02 6:38 AM, David Bergdahl at bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU wrote:

> I did a quick google search and then reagan +key words and this is all I
> got!  When Reagan spoke SAE we *heard* non-standard--let's call that "The
> Bozo Effect" :-)
> --On Wednesday, September 11, 2002 9:20 PM -0500 Mai Kuha <mkuha at BSU.EDU>
> wrote:
>> Thanks so much for the quick response--but this is distressing. No
>> "ain't"? No "gonna"? No nonstandard negative concord? I'm still hoping he
>> might have used these in some other speech.
>> mk
>> On 9/11/02 8:24 PM, David Bergdahl wrote:
>>> Not exactly: see
>>> http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/rr40/speeches/sdi_10th.htm on the 10th
>>> anniversary of the SDI

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