ERIC Number: EJ542955
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1997
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The Morpholexical Nature of English "to"-Contraction.
Pullum, Geoffrey K.
Language, v73 n1 p79-102 Mar 1997
Argues that forms represented orthographically as "wanna,""hafta,""gonna,""gotta,""usta," and "sposta" are linked to "want to,""have to," for example, by derivational morphology. Also argues that these to-derivatives inflect on their heads, not their edges, and that they are synonymous with their bases but have different subcategories and more colloquial style associations. (59 references) (Author/CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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