Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 21:14:40 -0400 From: Claudio Salvucci 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]