Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 13:35:33 +0000
From: Aaron Drews 9475245[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARRAN.SMS.ED.AC.UK
Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited
Since everyone is talking about how they mention (Southern) California
freeways, I'll throw in my two bits.
When using numbers (eg 110, 405, 605, 710, ad naseum), I always use the
definite determiner. I can interchangebaly use the 'proper' names, (eg,
the Harbor, the San Diego, the San Fernando.....), but, like the
numbers, I use the definite determiner.
Personally, I prefer using the numbers instead of the names because
some frewways change names every so often. So, the 91 is "The Beach
Cities freeway" in some places, the Artesia (ironically, near the beach
cities) freeway from where I live, and the Riverside freeway closer to
Sorry I can't suggest any real data, except maybe a tape recorder
during rush hour trafic on any radio station.
"Hope this helps" :)
School of Languages and Linguistics