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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 10 16:41:18 EDT 2016

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>

> Nothing surprising in “I’m a” for “I’m going to”. Here is a use in a song
> and written as “I’ma" on a lyrics site.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHm9MG9xw1o <https://www.youtube.com/
> watch?v=qHm9MG9xw1o> (2:25)
> http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/onerepublic/secrets.html <
> http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/onerepublic/secrets.html>
> “Secrets” (2009) by OneRepublic
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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