double a-prefixing?

Douglas Bigham TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Fri Jun 25 17:28:31 UTC 2004

Another random a-prefixing wierdness... last Saturday, my mother-in-law-to-be
"I musta been a-gonna write on it." (describing some odd scrap of paper she

It struck me (and my husband-to-be) as odd.  Now, forgive the bad syntactic
description, but I think this is the first time I've heard the a-prefix on the
"future going" rather than the "movement going".

Douglas S. Bigham
Department of Linguistics
University of Texas - Austin

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