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Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Feb 20 17:52:11 UTC 2004
On Feb 20, 2004, at 4:02 AM, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> Another colleague has now found lots of instances of "as hell of a",
> leading him to wonder whether 'hell' has been reanalysed as an adj.
> phrase is totally foreign to my dialect. I'm guessing it's more
> (One of his e.g.s was from a John Prine song.)
new to me. a wild guess is that it's a reanalysis of "a hell of a".
only with "as"? not also with, say, "too" or "so"? ("that hell of a"
would already be possible, with a somewhat different meaning.)
[some fascinating quick googling on "Deg Adv of a" vs. "Deg Adv a".]
this sort of thing quickly gets addictive...
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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