Date: Fri, 2 Dec 1994 10:28:12 -0600


Subject: Another highway observation

All the discussion about the use of the article in highway names brings

to mind another phenomenon I've noticed in Kansas. I grew up in various

New England states, where we either used the highway number alone or

preceded by the word 'highway' (e.g., "Take 95 to the Attleboro exit" or

"Take highway 95 to the Attleboro exit"). In this part of the country,

the number precedes the highway (e.g., "Take 10 highway to Eudora"). My

husband grew up in Kansas City, so at first I thought this was just a

feature used to describe roads around here, but he uses this construction

when we're in other parts of the country as well. (But what can you

expect from someone who pronounces 'route' to rhyme with 'out'?)

Mary Howe

Child Language Program Phone (913) 864-4789

University of Kansas email howe[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

1082 Dole Center

Lawrence, KS 66045