First query after vacation

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Sep 10 00:09:30 UTC 2003

Must we do this again. Yes, it is "as," and 'as' was one of the
competing complementizers in earlier Englishes. It means no more (or
less) than "All that...". It is a relic, not an innovation. It is not
related to the other -s forms under discussion here (although I do
not mean to suggest that they are related eieter).


>I've heard of the intrusive R, but an intrusive S?
   >Kathleen E. Miller
I hear "alls" a lot, and the  other day noticed that someone, in writing
dialogue, spelled it "all's" which made me wonder if could be /all as/: not
that /as/ is needed, but it might somehow feel right to the speaker. Maybe
/s/  is insinuating itself into speech by some such route.
A. Murie

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