Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jun 18 20:00:59 UTC 2003

Remember, in earlier English there was quite some competition for the
default complementizer. Although "that" eventually won, "as" was a
competitor, and, as this shows, survived (although opaquely) in some


Then there's "Alls" as in "Alls ya gotta do is keep goin' straight down this
road till ya come ta..."-- or "Alls I'm sayin' is...'

Dale Coye
The College of NJ

Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 353-9290

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