"so" as predicate modifier

Greg Pulliam pulliam at IIT.EDU
Mon Jul 23 16:19:38 UTC 2007


Please tell me if this has come up before, and if anyone can
remember, about when that was.  I've searched the archives, but
haven't been able to find a thread--it's very likely to be my own
lousy searching techniques impeding me.

I'm interested in the use of _so_ one hears in statements like:

I am so not going to class today.
He is so over her.
We are so going to get in the water today.

Has this usage been looking into as perhaps confirming VP-bar structure?
What are the edgiest usages of this that have been heard?
What other thoughts do members have about it.

Thank you!
Gregory J. Pulliam
Lewis Department of Humanities
218 Siegel Hall/3301 South Dearborn
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL   60616

312.567.7968 or 312.567.3465

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