Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 12:42:45 +0000
From: Aaron Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LING.ED.AC.UK
Subject: Re: stay and live
On Wed, 12 Nov 1997, Johanna Wood wrote:
}So far we have: N.W.Indiana, S. Georgia, W. Tennessee, African American
}English and South Africa. Add to that Lowland Scots. Stay for live was
}the norm when I lived in the Glasgow area. I'm not sure whether it is
}used in all areas of Scotland. Could there be some connection between
}where it is found in the US and Scotch/Irish immigration to those areas?
That would be my guess. The immigration of the Scots and Irish
(and Scots-Irish) to the south and midland areas of the US is very common.
Has Michael Montgomery commented on "stay" in any of his works about Scots
(lg) influence on American speech?
As to "stay" being used outside of Glasgow, yes it's the common
usage to ask "where do you stay?" all over the Lowlands (and even in the
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