"or eiher"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 21 15:50:00 UTC 2008

At 11:39 AM -0400 4/21/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>It's pretty much "standard" in both Southern English and Black
>English, the latter being, of course, a subset of Southern English.

Oops, you beat me to the punch.  Always annoying, to be beaten to the
punch (but I can live with it as long as you leave me some).


>On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 10:50 AM, sagehen <sagehen at westelcom.com> wrote:
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>>   Jimmy Carter, speaking  on Morning Edition about the likelihood of success
>>   of certain peace proposals betw/ Palestinians & Israel,  "if [condition A].
>>   or either [condition  B] ".  This was in fluent, unhesitating speech & made
>>   me wonder if it's a dialectal usage.  It feels familiar, but not in my
>>   idiolect.
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