Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 09:44:13 -0600 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: subject blooper >> >> >How much of the future "history of the language" will derive from >> >typos rather than language change? (Not a serious comment, but not >> >not serious either.) DMLance >> >> If it was based on my writing, alot. (sic) >> Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >> > >Certainly one might prefer, > >"Should it happen to be based..." or >"If it were to be based..." > >'If it was based,' much has already been lost. > >Or was that the point? > >Terry Irons > > >-- >(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) >Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 >Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 >(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) I guess it's the point that's been lost. Or should it be if I were to have guessed? BTW, I don't think the shriveling of the subjunctive were to have much to do with writing, might in not be the case? D Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801