Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1993 03:34:59 -0800
From: Donald Livingston deljr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regionalisms?
The first times I heard the phrase "I'm wanting to ..." it sounded
quite unnatural to my Arizona-bred ear. Almost all emotion verbs and
desire verbs sounded wrong that way. But I really think there has been a
shift toward using them in the progressive. It no longer sounds odd to
me to hear something like, "I'm hating what's going on at the office" or
more to the point "I'm hating staying up to three o'clock in the morning
writing essays on vowel reduction". I might even expect to hear nowadays
something like "I'm gonna be hatin' stayin' up till three o'clock
tomorrow morning writing a critique of Hayes analysis of voice
assimilation." And now "I'm fearing my end-of-the-quarter grade" sounds
OK, too, though I don't think I would have used the progressive twenty
years ago. "I'm loving it" sounds normal now, but once again, I don't
think I would have said it twenty years ago. Is anyone else out there
thinking that they are noticing the progressive forms becoming more common?
All the best, Don.