[Ads-l] Sentence-final though / tho / doe

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Nov 5 14:11:07 UTC 2014


On Nov 4, 2014, at 7:42 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:

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> Subject:      Sentence-final though / tho / doe
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> Anyone have anything to say about sentence-final "though / tho / doe"? 
> I've heard it from my son and his peers, and seen it on some internet 
> memes. On the surface, it's nothing more than the ordinary 
> sentence-final "though", but its (possibly over-perceived) frequency, 
> and presence in a very informal register, often in AAE-influenced 
> language (as indicated by the "doe" spelling) make me think there's more 
> to the story. Below are a lot of Urban Dictionary entries I've collected 
> for it....

not in my files.  vaguely reminiscent of a discussion of sentence-final but/so/then initiated on the newsgroup sci.lang in 2006 by a poster using the name sylh (then at smhttiki at hotmail.com ), with examples from Scottish, NZ, and Australian English (to which one poster added Hawaiian Pidgin).

arnold

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