Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 09:39:07 CST
From: salikoko mufwene mufw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited
In Message Wed, 30 Nov 1994 08:52:47 EST,
Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]gc3.GAC.PeachNet.EDU writes:
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."
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."
Now that the concern has broadened its scope...
I've been interested in variation in constructions such as "go to (the)
market", "be in (the) hospital", and "have (the) fever", as well as by
"go to the (corner/convenience) store". I appreciate this addition to the
list of items of interest. Incidentally, last weekend, in New Orleans, I
heard somebody (native speaker!) say that XYZ was too busy "watching the TV"
in the sense of what I have learned to say as "watching TV." Have you also
noticed this construction or did I just stumble on an idiosyncrasy?
Salikoko S. Mufwene
University of Chicago
Dept. of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uchicago.edu
312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861