Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 10:16:45 +0100


Subject: Dennis Preston and ADS

Being a European, I don`t attend either MLA or LSA (inconvenient

times in both cases for transatlantic travel!), so strictly

speaking I shouldn`t interfere in this ongoing discussion - it`s none

of my business (though, interestingly enough, NWAV is strong enough a

motivation to fly there for just a week`s trip). But I have been a

member of ADS for fifteen years, and I think that entitles me to say

I do share Dennis` concern about the state and future of the society

(in fact, I`ve just voiced that concern in a review of Dennis` centennial

book edition *American Dialec t Research*, coming out soon in EWW).

Dennis` posting is great, carefully phrased, and he is absolutely

right: do think of the young, give them a chance to join the field

and society, and if they are in the field and not in the society (as

seems to be the case with many of them right now) that`s something to think about.

Merry Christmas to y`all!


Edgar.Schneider[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany

phone (int. line)-49-941-9433470

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