Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 12:43:17 -0500
From: ALICE FABER faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Positive anymore in Canada?
Just to change the subject a bit, I heard a pre-game interview last night with
Colin Campbell, coach of the NY Rangers (hockey), in which he uttered a
sentence with positive _anymore_. It was a simple affirmative sentence (which
I couldn't jot down because I was in the car, alas), with no implied negation,
counter-factual-icity, or the like. Like many hockey establishment types,
Campbell is Canadian (and it shows in his phonology); I suppose it would be
possible to find out where from some kind of biography. In any case, I'm
curious to know if there's any precedent for postitive _anymore_ anywhere in
Canada, in addition to the more "standard" US Midlands and Hudson Valley.
faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]haskins.yale.edu
PS Natalie asked about the vowel in _friend_ for those of us who contrast /I/
and /E/ before /n/. _Definitely_ /E/, to the point where I couldn't figure out
for a moment why the word is relevant to the discussion! af