Posted: Mar 21, 2014 10:56 am
by nunnington
I'm getting bad flashbacks now, as for a while I worked at UCL on the Survey of English Usage, and one of the things I did was collate some of their references to uses of 'and'. These are all real life textual examples, from both written and spoken contexts, and the total Survey contains a million items (not of 'and' of course). It's kind of interesting, but I certainly never want to think about 'and' ever again. It predated computers, so to begin with the spoken stuff was recorded on reel to reel tape recorders, and then transcribed by hand! Incidentally, there are now published grammars based on the Survey.