Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 12:43:17 -0500 From: ALICE FABER 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. Alice Faber faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 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