Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1993 15:50:01 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regionalisms
I'm thinking that, rather than Sali's suggestion of 'transient duration',
the feature that gives us seemingly unexpected progressives of stative
verbs is a feature that might -- and I'm hoping you'll agree, as I'm trusting
my intuitions and judgments and believing, at least for now, that what I'm
liking about my decision and feeling about it is perhaps sorta on a right
track -- be called 'tentativity'. I'm always hating myself after I breach
my coccoon of personal tentativity and propose an idea that others seem to
be loving to shoot down.
Many of the progressive statives are of 'transient duration' as Sali
suggests, such as 'Carla is feeling wonderful'.
The tentativity feature suggested here may play a part in what I suggested
earlier as a politness feature in 'Are you wanting to make an appointment?'