Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Feb 18 16:23:50 UTC 2008

On Aug 22, 2007, at 12:03 PM, sagehen wrote:

> Does the substitution of "as far as" for  "as for" qualify as an
> eggcorn?
> Or is "as far as," left hanging,  (which, I'd guess, probably now far
> outnumbers instances in which it is completed) now simply an accepted
> idiom?

the classic study is:

Rickford, John R.-; Thomas A. Wasow; Norma Mendoza-Denton; & Juli
Espinoza.  1995.  Syntactic variation and change in progress: Loss of
the verbal coda in topic-restricting _as far as_ constructions.  Lg

arnold, stumbling on unanswered messages from some time back

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