Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1993 20:52:34 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARIZVMS.BITNET
Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regionalisms?
I'm responding on the net for convenience, re your queries.
1. "I've been wanting one for a long time" (with or without velar)
sounds perfectly normal and standard for me, and tends to emphasize the
presentness a bit more, such as when a gift is presented. "I've wanted one
for a long time" might be followed by "but I know I'll never get it." I think
either would be possible and standard in Texas.
"Are you wanting an appointment next Friday" may remind of the Irish or
Scottish "Is it an appointment next Friday you'll be wanting?", but I would
take it as a not unusual informal usage carrying a bit more of politeness than
the rather blunter "Do you want an appointment next Friday?".
2. Sorry, I don't know the paper, but "The cat wants in/out" would be
perfectly normal to this South Texan; our cat, however, never goes out, and
hence cannot ever want in.
3. "The car needs washed" indeed sounds more German to me; I don't know
of any Scotch-Irish evidence. In Texas, I think one would ordinarily say "The
car needs washING" -- maybe this is the general norm. However, I could say
"This car needs TO BE washED", perhaps more as a directive than an observation.