Heard on The Judges: sE > to BE

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Apr 9 05:27:28 UTC 2008


I think I overlooked "them's the breaks": I'll go back to my list.



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>On Apr 8, 2008, at 10:33 AM, Dennis Preston wrote:
>>  Interesting when a specific nonstandard is felt to be required (as it
>>  often is from AAVE). Are there other regional nonstandards required
>>  in such phrases.
>well, not tied to a specific region, but "play it as it lays" (i
>posted on this on Language Log a long time ago).
>    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000875.html
>and "them's the breaks".
>and then there's a bunch where auxiliary reduction is essentially
>obligatory: "how's the boy?" 'how are you?' [to a man] and a lot of
>others.  this isn't non-standard, though.
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Dennis R. Preston
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