Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 08:52:47 EST From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited The reason I am >most interested in this is that the loss of the article is a colloquial >Arabic feature as opposed to the classical language. 'Alexandria' >in coll. Arabic is 'iskindiriyya; in Classical Arabic it has an al- >before it 'the' = al'iskandariyya. Does anyone out there have any >parallels as I am writing this up in an article? >Alan Kaye A woman born in Philadelphia in the first decade of the twentieth century whom I once knew used to say "I have the diarrhea," whereas I--overeducated person from Texas born fifty years later-- would say "I have diarrhea." (Pratt may want to note that I'd say "I have the shits" or "I have the runs" or "I have the Hershey squirts"--sorry, folks. I'll bet the Hershey folks don't like the latter expression. They may prefer the euphemisms I hear like "Something is wrong with my system today" or "I have a virus.") My wife and her central Georgian family say "I'm gonna stay in the bed all day," whereas I would say "I'm gonna stay in bed all day." I have always assumed that my practice without the article was "standard." Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN