Definitions starting with F

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for, fa, fe, fer, fo

/fa/ complementiser. [Atlantic (Hancock 1969:66), also Hawaiian Pidgin, Pit­caintese, Norfolkese (ibid 72); cf. Brit. dial. South, West "I came for to see", and West, Liver­pool "I came for see" (Orton S3), possibly rein­forced in Cr. by Twi, Yoruba fa particle forming infinitives (Cassidy 1961:67)] to (before v., forming infinitive): 1888 No eberyting you yerry ihearl good fe talk! (Powles 166). 1963 You could give me a shilling for to buy a little flour or grits (Cottman 138). He don't want fer carry you (Exuma). He gone home for get grits. . he 'pose for come down when de boat come (Ark­lins). (Black)

◊This usage is an archaic feature more often used by older people in isolated communities.

Tags: complementiser, grammar, infinitive particle

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Last update: 2010-12-01 03:06
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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