Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 22:25:36 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: soda pop Ed Callary asked about 'soft drink' and 'pop'. I haven't done any biblio search, but I have lots of data that I'll start working with in '95. When I mapped some data in 1976, collected 1970-76, I found 'soda' in the eastern half of MO and 'pop' in the western half, and down the middle was where 'soda pop' occurred most often. In western areas (urban) of the state 'coke' is the generic. 'Soft drink' is the form that one would write. This semester a good half dozen of my dialect class reported on language contact between soda-speakers and pop-speakers or one of these with coke-speakers. These forms seem to be patch-workly regional and are commented on by younger speakers, though not with an implication of stigmatization. About a dozen years ago when I was on a trip to northern Alabama, I caught myself saying 'cold drink' with the "right" intonation and surprised myself. I really don't remember what I used in my "younger days" in South Texas, but I know I was aware that all of these terms were used for carbonated beverages. Here I'm aware of Mizzou students' competing forms and have played around with 'soda' and 'pop' so much that I'm not sure what I grew up with. I suspect, 'soda' and 'cold drink' (the latter with the stress pattern of a compound noun). Not what you asked for, Ed, but you got it anyway. I understand there's regionality to 'pop' and 'soda' in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin -- also north-south isoglosses. DMLance