Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 02:14:39 -0600

From: Mike Salovesh t20mxs1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU

Subject: Re: Survey help again--new participant

sonja lanehart asked for help on a survey:

We are about to pilot a survey on the attitudes and knowledge of pre- service teachers about

language variation. What I need this time is

for you to indicate if any of the sentences listed are plausible in

any variety of AMERICAN English. If the sentence is plausible, please tell me which variety

it is plausible in. If it is plausible in some other global variety of English, please tell which


I've taken your 15 survey items and divided them into three groups:

1) Sentences that could occur naturally in MY speech.

2) Sentences that sound plausible, or at least possible, for some

dialect(s) other than my own.

3) Sentences that don't sound like normal utterances in any dialect

that is familiar to me. (I omit most of them, below.)