End of ADS-L Digest - 28 Nov 1994 to 29 Nov 1994 ************************************************ There are 26 messages totalling 588 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. 'the' in place names (Kaye) (7) 2. More definite article (2) 3. 'the' in Spain (2) 4. The great California freeway isogloss revisited (10) 5. the wider the 6. *fixin' to* and *like to* -- Dialectal Aspects 7. 'the the' names; front vowels before l 8. Highland/drylang fish 9. subsription ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 01:35:31 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: 'the' in place names (Kaye) I was the one who mentioned La Habana, El Panama, etc. I'm not exposed to much vernacular use of Spanish in central Missouri, but I would expect encroachments of English to lead to the loss of 'el' in the names of countries and cities in Latin America -- at least in spoken language, though newspapers are probably more conservative (and more knowledgeable regarding 'points of grammar') than contemporary U.S. copy editors. (I've shifted from 'newspapers' to people in this sentence, but I ain't gonna go back and edit.) DMLance