Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:42:22 -0600
From: Samuel Jones smjones1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: Appalacian languages
"hit" is the neuter form og the f=definite article in Anglo_Saxon - which
had three genders: masculine, feminine, neuter - the definite articles
being, respectively "he" - "heo" - "hit"
I grew up in Oklahoma, Eastern Oklahoma, and "Hit don't make no nevermind!"
was not an uncommon exression. Interesting how a for over a thousand
years old can still be found so widely used.
I am currently in an Appalachian Literature course at my university. We
have read a lot of works lately where instead of saying "it", the person
says "hit". I was just wondering if this was still used today and also
where did it originate?
Lisa Dawn Burriss
ldburr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]morehead-st.edu
DR. SAMUEL M. JONES
Music & Latin American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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