Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:42:22 -0600 From: Samuel Jones 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] >(606)796-3557 _______________________________ DR. SAMUEL M. JONES Professor Emertitus Music & Latin American Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison "Pen-y-Bryn" - 122 Shepard Terrace Madison, WI 53705-3614 USA _______________________________ EMAIL: smjones1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] _______________________________ TELEPHONE: 608 + 233-2150 _______________________________