Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 16:36:16 EDT
From: David Bergdahl BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Positive Anymore
From: NAME: David Bergdahl
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Labov does mention that positive anymore is strictly midland, and that northern
and southern dialect speakers respond with a "huh?!" He also notes that 90% of
the tokens of ANYMORE are found in complaints; if a person doesn't whine, s/he
doesn't use it!
Wm Labov, What Is A Linguistic Fact? which corresponds to "Empirical Foundations
of Linguistic Theory"
"Faced with a sentence like JOHN IS SMOKING A LOT ANYMORE they said they had
never heard it before, did not recognize it as English, thought it might mean
'not smoking', and showed the same signs of bewilderment that we get from
Northern speakers outside the dialect area. (34)
footnote to above: "See Labov 1972c for evidence of the persistent confusion of
non-ANYMORE speakers who revert to the wrong semantic interpretation of 'still'
even after many years of exposure to the anymore dialect." (35)
footnote 39 (34)