Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 14:58:00 EDT
From: "Dennis.Preston" 22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Distribution of positive "an
I was not surprised to hear Bev Hartford's characterization of positive
anymore as native to southern Indiana (I am a native user), but I was very
much surprised to hear her characterize need X-ed as common in that region.
Admittedly, I am from farther south (Louisville), but my first encounter with
need X-ed was one of amazement; I thought it was non-native English (let alone
extra-regional). Perhaps it has spread (although certainly not to southernmost
Indiana which I visit regularly). I would have predicted that need X-ed forms,
if in Indiana at all, would have been central to north and generally on the
east side of the state. The form for non-native speakers of it is so
remarkable that a few hearings may stick with one. Perhaps that is what
happened to Beverly in Bloomington.