A-prefixing (was First Names)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Apr 14 19:30:54 UTC 2002

>I don't reckon so; they both sound dandy to me.


>At 9:01 PM -0400 4/13/02, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>>So long as the consonantal realization of /h/ is strong (probably
>>>realized as significant high frequency features acoustically), there
>>>should be no restriction.
>I was (a-)wonderin' if there might be a semantic dimension here.
>Granted I'm no more to the manner born and bred than Herb (below),
>but it strikes me that "a-havin' a baby" (I have to "drop the -g" to
>avoid register clash with A-prefixing) or in
>"Joe-Bob is a-havin' a hootenanny tonight"
>is more likely than, say,
>"I'm a-havin' second thoughts about buyin' that pick-up"
>I won't even try to guess at the relevant parameters, because these
>judgments are so speculative.
>>>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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