I'ma Tell You 'bout I'ma : a Syntactic and Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Reduced Form of I'm Gonna
This study is the first to define the unique syntactic properties of I'ma (cf. I am going to). As an apparent contraction of I'm and gonna, I'ma is a combination that has yet to be understood syntactically. This study uses native speakers' judgments of acceptability to determine the rules governing it usage in different contexts.
I'ma (The English phrase)
I'm gonna (The English phrase)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Syntax
Language and languages--Variation
English language--Dialects--Southern states
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