Troy Aikman

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jan 26 18:38:19 UTC 2010

so far we have two examples of multiple-HAVE usage from Aikman, both
involving "had" in an inverted counterfactual.  inverted
counterfactuals are at the higher end of the register scale, and  i
wouldn't have expected Aikman to use them much (using "if"-
counterfactuals instead).  that could lead him into a blend when he's
talking on-air and moving up the register scale.

i wonder what his usage is like in other contexts.

it's hard to know what to expect from him.  he lived in California
until he was 12, then moved to Oklahoma, where he stayed until early
in his college career.  then on to UCLA and then to the Dallas Cowboys


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