Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Apr 12 22:13:32 UTC 2002

At 11:54 AM 4/12/02 -0400, you wrote:
>At 11:38 AM -0400 4/12/02, Benjamin Fortson wrote:
>>Has anyone heard "nowadays" pronounced "now at ndays" (@ = schwa), i.e. with
>>an intrusive nasal? I hear this regularly from my girlfriend's
>>10-year-old, but don't know if it's some innovation on his part or some
>>regionalism. (Reminiscent of nightiNgale, Old English nihte-gala, et alia
>Never heard it, but I'd also consider "now and then" (i.e. now 'n'
>then) as another suspect.  The a- morpheme in "nowadays" is now
>opaque, so it's ripe for reanalysis.  Your girlfriend's 10-year-old
>has some adult company--15 cites on google, including e.g.
>I will say that nowandays, movies are getting dumber and dumber each month!
>Nowandays lie detector tests do not carry much weight in court.
>I definitely like it! It's got a different, individual sound, that's
>pretty rare nowandays.
>the sound of the hull against the waves is not around to lull you to
>sleep nowandays
>He was the owner of #teenchat, a channel that nobody ever sets foot
>in nowandays
>it cost to much money to sport 2 and 3 women around...LOL! Nowandays
>you get killed messing around like that or better yet getting Mr.
>Happy cut [off]
>Looks to me as though most of the reanalysts are probably on the
>young side, although I assume (especially in the last case) older
>than 10.

Do you think they're thinking "now-in-days"?  Sort of like "day in
age"?  (Sorry, Steve!)

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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