Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 17:20:57 +0000

From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU

Subject: Re: stay and live

Matthew James Gordon wrote:

Since moving to the Chicago area (NW Indiana), I have noticed a usage

that was previously unfamilar to me. The use of "stay" as opposed to

"live" as in "Where do you stay?" "I stay in Hammond on 173rd street."

(It is clear that the meaning of temporary residence (e.g. "stay in a

hotel") is not intended.) I wonder if anyone has discussed the

distribution of this form or has observed it elsewhere. The couple of

times I have noted this it has been from African American speakers, but I

suppose it might be regional as well or instead. Can anyone provide some

information? Thanks.

this was something i had to learn when i moved to south africa, so i'd

never noticed it when i lived in illinois, so i'm guessing it's either

chicago-specific, aave-specific, or just odd.



M. Lynne Murphy

Assistant Professor in Linguistics

Department of English

Baylor University

PO Box 97404

Waco, TX 76798