Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 14:21:44 -0700
From: bruce dwight bolinging bboling[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNM.EDU
Subject: Re: Thursday next, etc.
Here are a couple of quite acceptable sentences in Mid-Ulster/Ulster
Scots that might be of interest to you in the light of your reply to my
(1) he come back Thursday week "he came back a week ago Thursday"
(2) he come back last Thursday week "he came back a week ago last
These pattern with the sentence: I recived your letter this day
munth "I received your letter a month ago today." With this compare:
I'm away to Amerikay this day month "I'm off to America a month from today."
In asking my question I was simply concerned to know whether
Southern American English might have lost the retrospective meaning of
such phrases in favor of the prospective
Bruce D. Boling
University of New Mexico
bboling[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unm.edu