Date: Thu, 24 Nov 1994 08:58:21 -0800
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: *fixin' to* and *like to* -- Dialectal Aspects
Allen Maberry writes:
I have always heard "fixin' to" as meaning "I am about to
..." with the cosequence being more or less remote (Country Joe's Fixin
to die rag). On the other hand, I take "liketa' " as meaning something
like "could have (but didn't really)" as in He liketa bust a gut
laughing, etc. I think I have heard "liketa" with other than strictly
past tense verbs. Or maybe my memory is gettin' hazy.
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
Interesting distinction! I'd be surprised if 'liketa' could be used with
other than past tense, and would love to see such. Any others?
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"