Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 11:55:31 +0000

From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU

Subject: autumn

Daniel Long wrote:

For "fall", does this mean that "fall" is rare EVEN in literary use in

the UK, and thus not used in conversational speech?

i'll throw in some info from UK english's closer cousin, south african

english. the only time i heard 'fall' was when people said 'as you

americans say, "fall"...'

For "autumn", I agree with what they say it being from Sept to Dec in

North America. Does it indeed start in August in UK usage? Any

insights, opinions?

i think of autumn as sept to november. (the calendar says december,

but it's snowing where i come from usually before t-giving.) in south

africa, autumn (if you perceive an autumn) is may-ish, but that's

another matter...



M. Lynne Murphy

Assistant Professor in Linguistics

Department of English

Baylor University

PO Box 97404

Waco, TX 76798