Beautiful Dirt wrote:It seemed from your post (perhaps I mis-interpreted it) that all characters in the series should speak perfect English unless they are a copper? Or do you perhaps mean that at least some of the characters should be a bit more linguistically savvy?
No, I have no intentions of attempting to correct anyone's grammar - I'm just happy to be hereDotsie wrote:...you're very welcome to the forum Major - as long as you don't correct anyone's grammar
Major Eyeswater wrote:The points raised here are 1) I believe that the narrative should be perfect (or damn near it),
Major Eyeswater wrote:2) I can't believe that ALL of the characters in ALL of the Discworld books (and other books by the same author, including some which aren't Discworld) have exactly the same grammatical deficiency.
poohcarrot wrote:You see Major, we're a nice bunch really.
Now I'm sure you know your phonics.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the shortened, unstressed "have" in "would've" pronounced exactly the same as the unstressed "of" in the United States of America?"
I wrote:Language evolves too and phonetics play a big part in that and the simple reason for the 've's and 'of' is because they're close enough in pronunciation to account for the laxness and/or confusion ('uv' and 'ov' not being a million miles apart in some regional British dialects).
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