flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sun Nov 11 19:28:10 UTC 2001
And this Beverly is told it's used in SE Ohio too, though I've never heard
it personally. A Scots-Irish holdover, apparently. Where in "rural PA" is
your bro-in-law from?
At 09:02 AM 11/11/01 -0800, you wrote:
>My brother-in-law, who comes from rural Pennsylvania, uses "whenever" this
>way (in all contexts in which "when" might be expected). He's the only
>person I've ever heard use it.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jennifer Beckman" <jeb4c4 at MIZZOU.EDU>
>Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001 7:01 AM
>Subject: <No subject given>
> > I'm investigating the (presumably Southern) use of temporally
> > specific/non-habitual "whenever" in Missouri. For example: "Whenever I
> > was working on this last night (referring to one specific occasion) I had
> > some problems," "I was in the shower whenever you came over last night,"
> > and, more curious, perhaps, "There was a time whenever I didn't know what
> > wanted to do with my life." I have canvassed the ADS-L archive and the
> > American Speech indexes and haven't found any reference to this
> > feature. Any input (knowledge of this feature, recommendations for
> > investigating it, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.
> > Jennifer Beckman
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