Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 18:53:18 -0500 From: Ronald Butters 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?)