Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 21:42:31 -0700 From: William King 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 particle. Why would usage sway back and forth? I'll leave that one open. The more interesting question is "Why not?" Or "why so little?" Bill King wfking[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]