Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 18:53:48 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: *fixin' to* and *like to* -- Dialectal Aspects
I haven't read the recently articles on "fixin' to" so may be
broadcasting my ignorance here. But I'm interested in the "fenna"
fenamenon. I haven't heard this from older African Americans, but I
have heard /fVna/ (invert that "V" for a wedge) from young folks. Also
I've had students conversantv with AAVE observe it and report it to me
without realizing that it was related to "fixin' to". One young white
woman who grew up speaking AAVE in an inner-city Cincinnati
neighborhood and school which is 95% used it herself but didn't get
the link till I pointed it out. She talked to friends at home and
reported that they found "fixin' to" and recognizable variants
unbearably hick-like, but used /fVna/ freely without stigma.
Does anyone else know about this? I would bet that in the
communities where young folks use /fVna/ freely, older folks use a
less-reduced form or none, but it's be nice to hear some facts from
people who know more...