Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 10:02:03 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Positive _any longer_? I'm passing along this datum and query from David Dowty: >> Every heard of "positive _any_longer_", i.e. used in a [non-negative] >> upward-entail context like positive _anymore_? This morning, while >> NPR's "Morning Edition" on my clock radio was dragging me out of a >> sound sleep into a semblance of consciousness, I realized that the >> asterisk light in my brain was flashing, and when I had come to a bit >> more, I realized it was because I was hearing something like >> >> "(It seems that) the purpose of citizenship any longer is to ..." >> >> By the time I was awake enough to grasp why this sounded funny, I >> could not longer remember what the actual sentence was. But I did >> catch that the speaker was the mayor of Missoula, Montana, a Mr. >> Kemitz (or Chemitz?). Happen to catch this? Have you ever heard >> _any_longer_ used this way? We've talked intermittently about positive "anymore" here, and I've enjoyed reading Murray's 'Positive _anymore_ in the Midwest' (in the "Heartland" English volume edited by Tim Fraser), but I certainly haven't come across this apparent extension, blend, or whatever. Seems like people are willing to say anything any longer. By the way, I remember him as being Kookie [not Kooky] Burns. 77 Sunset Strip, right? Haven't thought of him in decades. Lend me your comb, indeed. I'm not sure I ever figured out what it might mean to be "the ginchiest", but there it was. --Larry