Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1993 22:12:58 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regionalisms Rather than a generational thing, maybe tentativity in oral language is a post-sixties thing, not necessarily related to sixties stuff. Popular trends in psychologizing may in fact have contributed 'tentativity' to the way we think of what we do, know, understand,.... I'd think social-class or occupational orientation might have more influence than generation per se. How does one define 'generation'? Those born during a particular decade, or those in a current age group? To respond directly to David Bergdahl's query, I haven't particularly noticed generational differences -- i.e., younger and older people in the same socio-occupational group behaving differently linguistically. Maybe it's there but I haven't noticed.* Does the generation thing mean that as today's twentysomethings age by a score of years they will use the language now used by fortysomethings? I'd like to see dialectologists make more references to year/decade of birth along with observations about generation. *I.e. vis-a-vis progressive statives. DMLance