[Ads-l] Initial "as well"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sun Mar 19 17:08:00 EDT 2017


I miss the Old English "Hwæt".  

Sentences beginning, "Also, ...", "As well, ...", "However, ..." -- I'm sure the
list could be extended -- have an introduction which decodes simply as a signal
to indicate that attention should be paid to what follows.  And could as easily,
and perhaps better, have the introductory word or phrase replaced by "Hwæt".

R.

> 
>     On 19 March 2017 at 20:55 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 
>     Familiar to me, too, I believe from cable news within the past several
>     years. No connection in my mind with Canada.
> 
>     Nor is it the sort of thing I associate with student themes.
> 
>     Beyond that I can't say.
> 
>     JL
> 
> 
> 
>     On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 3:37 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> 
>     > Usage manuals (Garner, Fee and McAlpine's _Guide to Canadian English
>     > Usage_) designate the practice of using "as well" as a synonym for
>     > "also"
>     > at the beginning of sentences as a distinctly Canadian usage. And
>     > indeed, I
>     > first became aware of it when I was at the University of Toronto. But
>     > since
>     > coming to Texas I've found that it's also a widespread practice among my
>     > English comp students here.
>     >
>     > Example: "The software does not see much usage since it is a Java
>     > program
>     > run as a downloadable JAR file. As well, most college students are
>     > unfamiliar with the hosting website we use, GitHub."
>     >
>     > Is this use of "as well" a Texas-ism too, or is it just becoming more
>     > widespread generally?
>     >
>     >
>     > --Dave Wilton
>     > Department of English
>     > Texas A&M University
>     > dwilton at tamu.edu / dave at wilton.net
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