Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 18:21:15 -0800
From: "Alan S. Kaye" AKAYE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCVAX.FULLERTON.EDU
Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited
Re Sali Mufwene's comment on 'watching (the) TV':
Watching the tube, the boob tube, the box, etc. = watching the TV
(via simple lexical replacement). This is slangier:
cf.: He's watching TV again.
He's watching the TV again. (more derision here).
No wonder everyone says that the #1 error in non-native speakers'
English is with the def. article.
akaye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]fullerton.edu