Definitions starting with L

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le's

[W Car.; US Black idem ESEA; Labov (1972: 114 ff.) notes a similar assimilation of /t/ in US Black i's it's, da's that's, wha's what's (all also Bah.) not occurring elsewhere (e.g. *Pat's good); his postulation that this occurs only with pronouns is disproved by le's, however; probably in earlier creoles such high-frequency words occurred independently without final /t/ (cf. I it, DA that, WA what; Krio let KED) and later developed alternate forms ending with /s/ under influence of the English contractions)

phr. let's: 1918 Le's bet (Parsons 56). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-06-03 22:38
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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