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 Riverside. Sorry I can't suggest any real data, except maybe a tape recorder during rush hour trafic on any radio station. "Hope this helps" :) --Aaron Drews Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics