Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 21:18:22 -0500 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" 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 Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Department of English EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower (423) 974-6965, (423) 974-6926 (FAX) University of Tennessee Editor, Language in the Judicial Process Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 USA