Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 18:53:18 -0500
From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU
Subject: "I was all, '...'"
On Wed, 24 Jan 1996, Jesse T Sheidlower wrote:
BTW -- if anyone is interested, I have writings and data (a little) on
the still-new quotative "I'm all, '...'" as quoting gestures, tone of
voice, etc. as well as just words, going back to the early '80s when I
began tracking it.
I'd appreciate a few cites over the years, if they're handy. I
already had the ones you posted a while back. Do you have any
early examples of "like" as a quotative? Anyone else?
We published a note several years ago in AMERICAN SPEECH on quotative
"I'm all . . ." (maybe y'all already know about this?)