Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 21:18:22 -0500
From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU
Subject: Re: For to ....

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997, Ditra Henry wrote:

I've heard this construction among many African Americans in the
Chicago area and I'm wondering if this is an AAVE construction or
hypercorrection or is it just a Southern construction?
examples: May I use your phone?
Why do you need to use the phone?
for to call my insurance company for a question.

There's a note on the construction in one of the old t-g textbooks, maybe
Jacobs & Rosenbaum, if memory serves me as well as I think it does. Think
also of the spiritual that contains the words, "Coming for to carry me
home." I think it is an older, possibly Southern pattern.


Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law
Department of English EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]
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