Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 17:33:48 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: English Dialect Information Exchange

On Mon, 18 Mar 1996, Charlotte Thomas wrote:

If we did take it upon

ourselves to say who could and who could not subscibe to the list

according to the language/dialect they speak, we may be denying that

person the opportunity to learn and contribute, and denying others

the opportunty to learn from them.

Is it Sheffield dialect to write "If we did . . . we may be denying . . ."

rather than "If we did . . . we might be denying . . ."? Or is this example

just a typo?

"Why does anyone believe he ought to speak better than he

can, and so in the end speak far worse than he might?"

(P.Wright, 1974)

Anyway, thanks for the invitation--and for the inclusive nature of the

proposed discussion group!