[Ads-l] I'm a < I'm going to

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Mon Oct 10 17:13:08 EDT 2016


What I find interesting is the spelling 'imma', which I see on many blog postings. I find that so completely bizarre I'm not sure what to do with it. Perhaps because I know English spelling rules, I can't help reading is as anything other than /Im@/ (sorta rhyming with 'inner').


According to Urban Dictionary:


Used in place of "I am going to..." Technically should be spelled i'mma but since this is a shortened version, we leave out the apostrophe!


I don't buy this, but, as Wilson would say, yanevano!


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That's true. I first heard it in '87 and Labov noted it as a feature of BE
several years before that.

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 3:31 PM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Nothing surprising in =E2=80=9CI=E2=80=99m a=E2=80=9D for =E2=80=9CI=E2=
=80=99m going to=E2=80=9D. Here is a use in a song
> and written as =E2=80=9CI=E2=80=99ma" on a lyrics site.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DqHm9MG9xw1o <https://www.youtube.com/
> watch?v=3DqHm9MG9xw1o> (2:25)
> http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/onerepublic/secrets.html <
> http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/onerepublic/secrets.html>
>
> =E2=80=9CSecrets=E2=80=9D (2009) by OneRepublic
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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