Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 14:45:27 -0330

From: Trevor Porter tporter[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CS.MUN.CA

Subject: Use of Ain't

Hi folks,

This is my first submission to this group, so I may as well introduce

myself. Trevor Porter: I'm a graduate student studying Dialectology

(Department of English Language and Literature) at Memorial University of

Newfoundland. Anyway, I'm enjoying the discussions and on to the query:

Is anyone aware of a study, completed or otherwise, on the use of

"ain't" and its variants in English?