[Ads-l] [VAR-L] She text me

Clai Rice cxr1086 at LOUISIANA.EDU
Tue Mar 1 18:14:12 UTC 2016


I have two examples of text as past tense in my files, both from the hills
of Mississippi in 2012:
(looking at her phone) "He just text me from the back yard."
"He said he text me from the store but I didn't see it in time."

This group of people, my extended in-laws, also used "teks" for the
infinitive after modals:
"He said he was gonna teks me."
I have a handful of those, but I didn't get any present
tense/non-auxiliary forms. 

These forms were pretty clear--my wife noticed them also--and from a group
of people who live and work in roughly the same county of Mississippi.
Caucasian, and age range from early 20s to mid-40s.

Clai  

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Benjamin Barrett [mailto:mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM]
> Sent: Monday, February 29, 2016 10:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [VAR-L] She text me
> 
> Thank you for the forward to this list.
> 
> Isn't consonant cluster reduction an important factor in the past forms
of
> this verb?
> 
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> 
> > On 29 Feb 2016, at 12:05, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
wrote:
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> >> From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
> >> Subject: Re: [VAR-L] She text me
> >> Date: February 29, 2016 at 9:10:18 AM PST
> >> To: Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET>
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> >>> On Feb 29, 2016, at 8:27 AM, Dave Sayers <dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET>
> wrote:
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> >>> I've often heard people say what sounds like "she text me" to mean
> that =
> > she sent me a text message
> >>> ...but I've never come across any research on this development. Has
> anyo=
> > ne else?
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> >> just a posting on my blog:
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> >> http://arnoldzwicky.org/2008/12/25/whats-the-past-tense-of-the-verb-
> text/
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