[Ads-l] positive anymore

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 25 19:02:56 EST 2017

The first of those examples is not positive. "Too X to Y" strongly* implies
"not Y".

The second example is a genuine positive *anymore*, true to Bujold's native
Midlands dialect: she was born in Columbus, Ohio, and lived in the state
till 1995, when she moved to Minneapolis. (
http://www.dendarii.com/biolog.html, page of autobiography) She has at
least once used the *modal + past participle* construction in her
characters' dialogue, as in "The shirt needs washed." (Made-up example.)

*Claimer*: I am a serious fan of Bujold's *Vorkosigan* and *Chalion* series
and have all her books in both. While I can't give a citation for the
example above, I know I have seen it, stumbling over it every time I reread
whichever book it's in. (My native region is New York City.)

* But cancellably. "I was too tired to go on, but somehow I managed to get
the last three crates stacked before going inside to collapse on the
couch." (Made-up example.)

Mark, ῥότικος despite his Noo Yawk origin

On Feb 25, 2017 2:50 PM, "James A. Landau" wrote:


  _Komarr_ Riverdale NY: Baen Publishing Enterprises,1998 ISBN 0-671-87877-8
page numbers are from the first hardback edition

page 12 "But she was abruptly too weary to try anymore."

page 158 "I'm afraid these domes give me claustrophobia, anymore."

    Jim Landau

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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