Date: Tue, 21 Jun 1994 16:25:27 GMT+1200 From: Tim Behrend Subject: Re: which I didn't even see it coming My impression for the past 20 years has been that the sort of free-floating relative clauses mentioned by George Halliday and DM Lance today are characteristic of working class urban dialects from the Midwest -- Chicago and Cleveland, for example. They are also prominent, as I recall, in the idiosyncratic linguistic stylings of Damon Runyon, which it's been many years since I read any of his stories. I think of them as verbal footnotes clarifying or adding detail to an idea halfway through its utterance. Tim Behrend Department of Asian Languages University of Auckland