Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 13:37:38 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: "for to" I recall a song I learned from a Weavers record in the fifties, sounding like white US folk-song tradition of (at a guess) not earlier than 1850 at earliest, and maybe any time since then. Every verse ended with "I come for to sing", which was also the title. One verse ran: Some folks enjoy me, others do not. Some love to EX-tol on what I ain't got. Me, I don't mind, it don't mean a thing. But as for me, I come for to sing. Of course, songs in this tradition constantly borrow from each other, so the construction might have been archaic in the *speech* of the author. Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Dragon Systems, Inc. : speech recognition : +1 617 965-5200 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02160, USA : Personal home page: