almighty_patsy (almighty_patsy) wrote in linguaphiles,
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"A-walking"

I haven't found any older entries about this, but I'm not quite sure what you'd call it, so it's very possible I've just missed some entries where it was covered.

I'm curious about "a-" being used as an affix in verb forms you don't see as much, anymore, in English. (As in, "a-walking", "a-going".) Does this have a specific meaning, or syntactical rules that decide which verbs it can go on? As far as I can tell it only goes on present continuous forms, so I can't see how it introduces any extra nonperfective meaning, or anything like that.

Secondly: is there a word for this "a-"?
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