End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Oct 1997 to 16 Oct 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 16 Oct 1997 to 17 Oct 1997 There are 8 messages totalling 279 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Naive queries? 2. Ask your help 3. Warning! and a Request 4. Etymology of _Hoosier_ 5. thank you . . . thank you (2) 6. 7. PUPPY PIE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 12:01:30 +0100 From: Aaron Drews Subject: Naive queries? First of all, I think Terry's idea of letting the students on the list is great for all sorts of reasons. Secondly, I have a "naive" question myself. Lately, I've come across the term "in future" in American language. It was in a recent novel I'm reading by an American author. A few days ago, some lawyer or another concerned with the Federal campaigning case said something about being concerned with an item in future. When I first came to Scotland, "in future" sounded odd to me, but I took it to be a dialect syntactic variation. As a General American speaker, I would have never said "in future", rather "in the future". "We will be allowing undergraduates on the list in (the) future", for example. The is obligatory for me. Is this something that's changing in American speech, or did I miss that day in school? Cheers! Aaron ___________________________________________________________________________ Aaron E. Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ling.ed.ac.uk Ph.D. Candidate http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron The University of Edinburgh +44 (0)131 650-3485 Departments of Linguistics and fax: +44 (0)131 650-3962 English Language