Whenever vs. when

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu Oct 3 20:55:22 UTC 2013

This sounds like what's known as punctual 'whenever'. It's common here in Missouri. Michael Montgomery has an article with John Kirk on this with the excellent title "My mother, whenever she passed away..." published in Journal of English Linguistics in 2001:

Matt Gordon
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Sarkozi, Jason Steve [sarko1j at CMICH.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2013 2:11 PM
Subject: Whenever vs. when

Hello all,

Could anyone point me in the direction to research done with "whenever"? I've encountered some exciting language use among my teen-aged nieces and nephew who use it in not to mean "every time that" or "whatever time that", but instead "when", i.e. "Whenever I was at my friend's house last weekend, we watched TV all day."

Thanks in advance for any help and/or direction you can offer me! :)


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