"Like to" revisited

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTK.EDU
Tue Jan 30 18:01:42 UTC 2001

I require many of my students to write "linguistic autobiographies" (an
idea I borrowed from RIM many years ago). I just read this sentence from
an undergradaate ("here" is Knoxville, TN):

"Everybody here talks so differently than they do in Virginia. At times I
have difficulty understanding certain sayings and words. For example, I'm
fixen to, I ain't gonna, I reckon, and I liked to died."


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