Wednesday, February 27, 2008

File Under: Things that would interest my college roommates.

I stumbled across this over at Got Medieval, and thought of y'all:
I came across this small aside in a post from Quod She:*
And last night one of my students e-mailed me just to say -- I kid you not -- that he realized that the American rural regionalism "of a night," as in "when I lie awake of a night," is a hold-over of the genitive of time from Old English and early Middle English.
This is why the world needs linguists: they remind us of where we come from.


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