Fwd: [VAR-L] verb forms

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Oct 2 04:38:40 UTC 2012

accidentally sent only to Roger Lass:

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> From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [VAR-L] verb forms
> Date: October 1, 2012 8:45:17 PM PDT
> To: Roger Lass <lass at IAFRICA.COM>
> On Oct 1, 2012, at 11:06 AM, Roger Lass wrote:
>> I've been noticing lately what I think is something odd that tickles me as both a dialectologist and a historian, maybe as the latter more. Because of my TV watching habits I get exposed to a lot of Canadian English (crime programmes consisting mostly of interviews) and I've been noticing what seems to me a feature of west and central Canada, but may be more widespread.
>> This is having a syllabic -en in the past participles of certain strong verbs, so that known, mown, grown for instance are disyllabic...
> also, in my experience, _don't_ and _won't_.
> arnold

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