Dialect splits

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 15 02:55:52 UTC 2013

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> Both perfectly natural for me.

I'm well-acquainted with the non-negated form from seeing it in
literature and I have a vague impression that these variants have been
at least mentioned in *the* literature. But, hearing someone actually
use it in natural, unmonitored speech was trippy. No doubt, I've heard
it before, but not when I was listening, so to speak.

The negated form is kinda like "is, is" is, when I stop to think about
it: vaguely wrong.

Curse Phil LeSourd! In a single conversation, he made me conscious of
both "is, is" and "aloose"!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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