Date: Fri, 29 Jul 1994 17:30:56 -0400 From: "Becky Howard, Department of Interdisciplinary Writing, Colgate University" Subject: Re: Forrest Gump A remark upon Alan Slotkin's observation of heavy a-prefixing near Sgt. York's hometown: In the part of southern West Virginia where I grew up, I heard some a-prefixing, but it was the mark of a *deepwoods* rube; town folks didn't say it and looked down their noses at those who did. When I saw *Sgt. York* for the first time just a year ago, I was struck by the a-prefixing as excessive, artificial--and Hollywood. I'm impressed that it actually resonates with Tennessee usage. Maybe Hollywood does get it right now & then! Becky Howard Department of Interdisciplinary Writing Colgate University BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU