Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Freeway names birrell walsh says that "in the hospital" is giving way to "in hospital". this is news to me--is it particularly californian? but i don't think that the "the" before hospital, school, etc. is related to the "the" before route numbers, since in south africa (and i'm presuming england) where they use "in hospital" they also use the "the" before route numbers, as in "take the M1 to the M2". saw a local production of _angels in america_ here and was stunned by the skill that the actors had in producing american accents. but the illusion was shattered everytime they said "in hospital" (undoubtedly not in the original script) and when they erroneously put flaps in "utah". lynne ______________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa "Comprehension is only a knowledge adequate to our intention." --Immanuel Kant