Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 14:55:12 EST From: Michael Montgomery Subject: The "for to" infinitive is recessive in Appalachian English but not obso- lete. In my _Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English_ there are 8-10 cita- tions, as I recall, including some from the 1970s. In the British Isles the construction is well known in Ulster, and I suspect a glance at the _English Dialect Dictionary_ would indicate a fairly widespread distribu- tion in England. There is no strong reason, in other words, for calling it an AAVE construction. Michael Montogmery Department of English University of South Carolina Columbia SC 29208