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USAGE: a+participle [was Re: Chat: Linux etc.]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 24, 2002, 17:15
Quoting Tim May <butsuri@...>:

> Roberto Suarez Soto writes: > > > > Times are a'changing, they say :-) BTW (and to save the > > offtopic), that "a+<verb in gerund>" thing that I've seen many times in > > english is something that I don't understand :-m Where does it come > > from?
IIRC, it comes from "on" + participle. In some dialects, this grammaticalized as a marker of imperfectivity, and the nasal was lost, and the vowel reduced to schwa. (Don't know when the nasal was lost; was it the same time that the nasals were lost in "tooth" and "kid"?) ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>