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am

copula 1. [cf. A2 idem (the bilabial nasal /m/ may have resulted from the following bilabial stop /b/ in the quot.) but cf. also Brit. dial. Mid. am after you, she, we, they (Orton M4-7)] to be: 1888 Oh, Lord, de tief am bad (Powles 166). 2. [US dial. South, Black I'm is the one; I'm am ADD; by monophthongization of /aym/ to /am/] I (am): Am goin' downtown (Dupuch p.c.). (Black)

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Last update: 2010-08-22 17:01
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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