A-prefixing (was First Names)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Apr 14 01:01:15 UTC 2002

>So long as the consonantal realization of /h/ is strong (probably
>realized as significant high frequency features acoustically), there
>should be no restriction.


>In a message dated 4/13/2002 6:32:13 AM, preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU writes:
><< "the missus was a-having a baby." >>
>Is A-prefixing really permitted with HAVE? Sounds unnatural to me, but then
>we didn't have much a-prefixing at all in east-central Iowa.

Dennis R. Preston
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