Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 08:52:47 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited
The reason I am
most interested in this is that the loss of the article is a colloquial
Arabic feature as opposed to the classical language. 'Alexandria'
in coll. Arabic is 'iskindiriyya; in Classical Arabic it has an al-
before it 'the' = al'iskandariyya. Does anyone out there have any
parallels as I am writing this up in an article?
A woman born in Philadelphia in the first decade of the twentieth century
whom I once knew used to say "I have the diarrhea," whereas I--overeducated
person from Texas born fifty years later-- would say "I have diarrhea."
(Pratt may want to note that I'd say "I have the shits" or "I have the
runs" or "I have the Hershey squirts"--sorry, folks. I'll bet the Hershey
folks don't like the latter expression. They may prefer the euphemisms I
hear like "Something is wrong with my system today" or "I have a virus.")
My wife and her central Georgian family say "I'm gonna stay in the bed all
day," whereas I would say "I'm gonna stay in bed all day."
I have always assumed that my practice without the article was "standard."
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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