Date: Tue, 28 Feb 1995 23:45:49 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Ozark(s)
Bethany Dumas' example of Ozark-"correction" has a nice ambiguity.
She apparently meant "Folk Speech in the Ozark [Mountains] and [the]
Appalachian Mountains" (Folk Speech in the Ozark and Appalachian Mountains),
but those who edited her title (incorrected it) wandered into grammatical
fuzziness, producing "Folk Speech in the Ozarks and Appalachian Mountains."
Had they (could be he or she) _corrected_ the phrase they would have
inserted "[and] in the [Appalachian Mountains]." I suspect that the
Speaker's Bureau "editor" didn't just commit a "syntactic blunder" but
got a little brain-scrambling from trying to sort out issues underlying
the current trend to add -s to "Ozark" in attributive position. Thanks,
Bethany, for the contribution that verifies that obfuscation often pushes
clarification aside. DMLance