Off-gliding to G

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Sat Sep 26 05:07:08 UTC 2009

From:    Barbara Need <bhneed at GMAIL.COM>

> I wonder how much this might be a reaction to the "g-dropping" in
> participles (huntin', fishing', etc.). I have assumed that this was a
> shibboleth in England based on its treatment in mysteries (there's at
> least one Agatha Christie in which it is a clue!).

Which one? I like to keep a mental list of novels where linguistics-type
stuff plays a role like this, for the benefit of some of my lit students
who believe nothing counts unless it appears in fiction somewhere.

David Bowie                        
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