Non-standard constructions wanted

Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Nov 12 11:02:49 UTC 2008

I've been having a tip-of-the-tongue block, and need help.  I know there are examples (aside from negative concord) of grammatical patterns that occur in the non-standard speech of rural Americans in widely disparate regions of the US and Canada.  I recall, when I lived in Southern Illinois in the eighties and nineties, hearing expressions and constructions that I had heard from classmates in Toronto that were decried by our teachers in the fifties.  But for the life of me I can't retrieve any.  One other example I have come up with is 'borrow' with reversed theta-roles ('Suzy borrowed me a book'=loaned).  But I know there are lots of others, and I need some examples for an abstract I'm working on.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Maybe send them directly to me and I'll summarize to the list.



Geoffrey S. Nathan
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and Associate Professor, Linguistics Program
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