Daniel L. Everett
dever at VERB.LINGUIST.PITT.EDU
Tue Apr 8 15:13:05 UTC 1997
> My son, for example, had a
> regularized past tense with -ed and a regularized past participle with
> -en. He would say things like, "Daddy, my airplane needs fixen," and
> then also, "He fixed my airplane".
How do you know that the ending was really the adult -en, as opposed to
what I would have expected in this environment, namely -ing [-In] (in my
dialect, So. Calif. English)?
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