Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 07:28:48 -0400
From: Kendra Banks banks[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ANDREWS.EDU
Subject: Re: nother and other stuff
I first became aware of people saying 'a whole nother' about a year ago
when someone in Nebraska asked me how to spell it. Since then, I've been
paranoidly aware of it and have heard it very frequently in all sorts of
places. I've even heard it in lectures from my English professors at the
University I attend in Michigan. Sounds to me like something similar to, if
slightly reversed from, what happened to the whole napron/apron thing.
On another note...I'm a senior at Andrews University this year, and I'm
doing an honors research project on teachers' and students' attitudes
toward dialect usage in secondary schools. I'm comparing attitudes
people in an American school to those of people in an Austrian
(German-speaking) school. I'm wondering if anyone can put me in touch
with information on whether American dialects are becoming more similar
or more different. I think this has a lot to contribute to the issue,
given the amazing diversity of German dialects and the relatvie
similarity of most American dialects. Anyone have info on this? Any
tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help. I've also been enjoying lurking on this
list. I find it fascinating.