intransitive "making"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Nov 28 07:54:56 UTC 1999

FWIW, this sounds like a special usage for some verbs like bake:

(1) The cookies are baking.

I don't remember what this is called, but I think it's an intransitive usage
of certain transitive verbs.

To me, at least, this sentence does *not* seem intransitive, it seems closer
to being a transformation of

(2) The cookies are being baked.

Benjamin Barrett
gogaku at

------Original Message-----
-From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On
-Behalf Of M. Lynne Murphy
-I've never heard "spendy", but twice this week I've heard the
-following from
-members of the same family (they're from North Carolina and Georgia):
-The coffee is making.
-(i.e., the coffee is brewing)
-Is this an intrafamily usage, or is this widespread/regional?

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