Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 21:14:40 -0400
From: Claudio Salvucci CSALVUCCI[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DELPHI.COM
Subject: Things are getting complicated anymore...
My college linguistics teacher asked the class if anyone had
ever heard the usage of positive "anymore". I was the only one who
had, and she informed us that it was a local (Philadelphia) usage.
I have seen the usage described in books (although not scholarly
ones, I must admit) as a SE Pennsylvania usage. This was not a recent
book, either. And as a lifelong resident of Phila., I have heard it
used, and am hearing it used with greater frequency. (or perhaps I'm
more sensitive to it)
Secondly, I have also heard the "wanna come with?" usage
described earlier. Whether it's a common local usage or an
aberration, I don't know.
(Sigh) Here I am, trying to establish a linguistic identity
for Philadelphia, and I find out these usages are about as scattered
in the country as hydrogen is in the universe.
You can try all you want, but there's no way in the world
I'm giving up "Yo". Next thing you know, somebody'll tell me that
a "hoagie" is a Los Angeles sandwich.
Claudio "Data? Ah, who cares about data?" Salvucci
csalvucci[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]delphi.com