Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:53:48 +0900 From: Daniel Long Subject: Re: Aks, ast (was "Hit") Have any thoughts on the form 'ast'? Not for the past tense "asked", but for the non-past, "I'll have to ast him". (I think that I probably use "ast" for the past tense, especially in fast non-careful speech.) I have a well-educated young white friend from Middle Tennessee who uses this. His is a noticeably different dialect from mine (in West Tennessee), but although I don't have it myself, I think I heard in West Tennessee as well. Something tells me though that he wouldn't say "It never hurts to ast". Is the phonological environment here of some relevance? Is it the result of loosing a distinction between past and non-past tense? Danny Long -- Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297 Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302 Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577