Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 13:03:50 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: Hearn

The 'hearn' participle is still hearn among some older rural southern Ohio
people; in fact, I just heard it a few days ago (this is South Midland
country, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains). But it's
definitely not heard in the Dakotas and Minnesota--in summer or winter. I
hope your dialect dictionary wasn't serious about the climate factor?!

At 12:33 PM 5/12/98 +0200, you wrote:
>Any comments on _hearn_ past participle of "hear", as in (presumably
>rural or old-fashioned) "I ain't hearn tell of that".
>Does this have mainly southern or south Midland distribution? I've got
>examples from 2 African American sources (Georgia, and Virginia) and I
>remember reading in a dialect dictionary that this form apparently
>hasn't survived the harsh winters in North and South Dakota.
>David Sutcliffe