Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 11:57:11 -0800
From: Dan Moonhawk Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: Clabber milk
I'm pretty sure my Ozark mom says 'clabbered milk' if that's any help.
On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, Terry Lynn Irons wrote:
Help! My milk has soured and I don't know what to call it.
More seriously, I have been trying to map some regional terms across
Kentucky, and I have come upon a problem that may affect my analysis. I
have been concentrating on the terms Davis & Houck use in their critical
92 AS article examining the question of a Midland dialect. I am also
including terms that Kurath 49 considers to be distinctly Midland.
Anyway, based on Davis & Houck 92, I have been treating the variants for
sour milk "clabber" and "clabber(ed) milk" as northern and southern
terms, respectively. But in recently preparing a presentation I was
reading through Kurath's Word Geography, and on page 70, he clearly
writes, "Clabber is the Southern expression, clabber milk that of the
South Midland." His map (Fig 124) shows "lobbered milk" and "loppered
milk" to be the Northern terms.
Being uncertain, I decided to check volume one of DARE, and behold, I
found contradictory information. In DARE, "clabber" is cited as chiefly
Northern, and Kurath is quoted as a source.
Currently I am in a quandry. Can anyone help me out here? The
resolution could have consequences for some interpretive issues.
P.S. Even though somebody said I hit the nail on the head about the
internet survey, I agree with what Lance said.
Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]morehead-st.edu
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