Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 13:20:31 -0800 From: Dan Alford Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited To bring it back to the original topic in the subject line, REAL DATA from last night as Jay Leno was talking to Wm. Shatner: We're going to be running a little bit late. Merv (Griffen) called -- he's stuck in traffic out on the 405 somewhere... (Shatner:) Where? On 405? (Jay:) 405 and Ventura Freeway. Note that Jay, definitely not a SoCal native, has picked up the general use of the 'the', but then when Shatner (also not a native, but has been in SoCal for a while now, I'd suppose) and Jay get into a little dialog, the article gets dropped like a proverbial hot potato. Evidently they both have stronger ties to places that don't use the "the" -- OR, once the "the" is established, maybe it doesn't need to be used so SLAVISHLY anymore. I too, like Rabin, grew up with DESTINATION names for freeways in LA rather than numbers. So really we're looking at two questions at once: since I too was gone from LA when these changes went into effect, I'm also interested in 1) when did the destination names change to designated numbers, and 2) was it then simply a natural extension from "you take THE Long Beach Freeway to THE San Bernardino Freeway..." to taking THE numbers? -- Moonhawk (%->) <"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and> <-- McCartney/Lennon>