Date: Sun, 13 Feb 1994 15:12:21 METDST
From: "Jon Grepstad, LR" JGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FTRHU.KUF.DEP.NO
Subject: Re: Too in initial position
Thanks a lot for your note. This is getting interesting, at least to
me as a foreign, non-native observer. A have had a couple of other
replies already, both from the US.
"Too," as a clause beginner seems to occur in written
texts. To my ear, it always seems self-conscious and vaguely ugly, a
pretentious brightness or cuteness. I have never heard it in human
speech. Neutrally, you might bank it as a marker of middle-brow
written dialect. [...]
The other says:
[...] But briefly, sentence-initial "too" is virtually non-existent
in American English speech. it is very high-style literary. [...] it
has the ring of the 19th century to it [...] I notice it much more
often in written British English, so perhaps it is more current and
ecceptable in that national variety.
Your note adds other nuances to the picture:
My intuition is that 'too' is quite common in (near) initial
in spoken American English, although (almost) always accompanied by
'then' or 'and then'.