regional "most the CN"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 15 21:07:17 UTC 2009

At 4:01 PM -0500 12/15/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 12/15/2009 03:19 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>One of our graduate students, from Cleveland, reports that he has
>>said "most the books" (= 'most of the books') all his life, and it
>>shows up with 1.9 raw g-hits.  Googling also pulls up "some the
>>books" (2.9 million) and "many the books", although Mike (from
>>Cleveland) doesn't find those possible, only "most".
>In one construction, I might utter "many the books have I read"

is this paraphrasable by "Many are the books I read" rather than
"many of the books I read..."?


>(generally, or about some topic).  But I can't imagine saying "most
>the books" or "some the books".  I would have to say "most/some of
>the books I have read ...". (Raised in the Bronx.)
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