On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Sally Caves wrote: > And does Celtic really have an -ing that corresponds > to OE -and? Yr wyf i yn tynnu y trol, "I pull/am pulling the cart." > W. uses the verb noun in such constructions, not a present > participle. "I am in pulling (gerund)." Are you (or Tolkien) > in suggesting that the E. use of "am pulling" is in deriving from > the Welsh? What about constructions such as "I've gone a'fishin'" (now non- standard and generally stigmatised as 'quaint'), where the "a-" prefix is a reduced form of "on". You know more about Old English than I do, but wasn't the original construction something like "he is on sleopan" = "he is on sleep-INF", or something of the kind? Matt.