Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 06:50:10 -0500 From: "E.W. Schneider" Subject: quotative "be like" It`s interesting to see the discussion on quotative "be like" and its status in last year`s ADS word-of-the-year selections. Those of you who are more specifically interested in this might want to contact Suzanne Romaine. At the 1990 International Conference on English Historical Linguistics in Helsinki she gave a paper which traced this phenomenon, entitled "Grammaticalization in progress" (or the like). It is not in the Proceedings, though (ed. by Matti Rissannen et al.), and I have no idea whether she has published it elsewhere or why she replaced it by something on Tok Pisin. Edgar Schneider Edgar W. Schneider ewschnei[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany phone (int. line)-49-941-9433470 fax (int. line)-49-941-9434992