semantics and pragmatics of to-contraction

Dan Everett Dan.Everett at MAN.AC.UK
Sat Aug 4 00:35:03 UTC 2001

Re: semantics and pragmatics of to-contractionThe phonological contraction is, however, well motivated generally (the to-contraction cases). In general function words like 'to' encliticize, as we all probably know. What is not motivated phonologically are the failures to encliticize and the failures to have a nonenclitic variant.

  But the idea that we are seeing change seems like it is on the right path.

  There are many idio/dialectical differences in this matter, however, that need to be studied systematically to produce generalizations with statistical significance, especially since, as Spike observed, these are at least partially sociolinguistic phenomena.

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