Re: Why "aren't I"?



Brian M. Scott wrote:
On Thu, 29 Jun 2006 15:25:25 GMT, Thomas Carter
<T.Carter@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
<news:pan.2006.06.29.15.25.24.849326@xxxxxxxxxxxx> in
sci.lang:

Anybody know why and how the usage of "aren't I" became common place,
rather than the expected "am I not"?

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Brian

Any comment about the evidence for Dr. Language's "English doesn't like two nasal consonants like 'm' and 'n' together" as a generalization? The sequence "amn't" doesn't sound particularly different from the sequence in "comment", "common", "phenomenal", "amnesty", "autumnal", etc.
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