Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 21:42:31 -0700
From: William King WFKING[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: IT in place of THAT
I've noticed that in Arizona, IT is often substituted for THAT as a
demonstrative pronoun at the end of sentences where THAT would typically
refer to some clausal entity. I can't think of a real example at the moment
though I have actually done IT. This is not part of any of my native
dialects and rankles the heck out of me, though I'm now doing it.
Predictions: It will replace THAT in other pronominal contexts.
Counter-prediction: This is part of a a back and forth usage similar to
AT as a locative. I once read the testimony of shipboard trial in the 1690's
that included a phrase similar to "He then attested to where the place the
accused was at." I should say, that AT was used as a redundant locative
Why would usage sway back and forth? I'll leave that one open. The more
interesting question is "Why not?" Or "why so little?"
wfking[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu