Date: Sun, 30 Jul 1995 20:48:06 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: ecstasy, Ecstacy I note (as one may see) that Ms. Dawn Church says, in her eagerness to depart from ADS-L, 'I just want off!' I can't remember where I learned it, but I have always thought that I knew that 'I want off' is regionally limited - namely, South Midland. (It is native to me; and I am SM; so far, so good.) When I cite this to my students (mostly low-front-raising Inland Northerners) as a regionally limited form, however, they all go (or 'are all like' if you prefer) 'So what! Everybody can say that.' I have to dip to multiple modals, (i) ~ (e) conflation before nasals, and other Louisville linguistic exotica to wow them. What's up with this 'I want off' stuff? Dennis Preston preton[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >How do I get off this list? I just want off! who's the owner of the list, >so I can get off? > >Ms. Dawn Church >President, Nontraditional Student Association >nsa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pegasus, church[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >(407) 249-9527