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LINGUIST List 20.3425

Sat Oct 10 2009

Qs: For-To in Nonstandard English

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        1.    Erin Leary, For-To in Nonstandard English

Message 1: For-To in Nonstandard English
Date: 08-Oct-2009
From: Erin Leary <eelearywisc.edu>
Subject: For-To in Nonstandard English
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I'm conducting research on the 'for-to + infinitive' construction that is
particular to (at least) three English dialects. There are a couple of
articles that offer systematic analyses of the construction based on data
from Ottawa Valley English (Carroll, 1983) and Belfast English (Henry,
1992), but the analyses are dramatically different due qualitatively
different data from each dialect region. A third documented for-to dialect,
Ozark English, has received no systematic treatment whatsoever. I'm
wondering if anyone has any experience with this construction or, perhaps
more generally, has something to say about historical connections among
these dialect regions. From a very preliminary look into settlement
patterns, it seems that both Ottawa Valley region and the Ozark region have
an Ulster-Scots connection, and, indeed, evidence gathered from traditional
folk songs corroborates an Irish influence.

Any information is greatly appreciated.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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