Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 17:13:42 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: ADS & LEXICAL CHOICE Dear ADS members and list groupies, Over the last two weeks I have found my email to have been bombarded by hundreds of queries and responses about lexical dialect items. I hope that this conversation is not taken by anyone as a substitute for serious dialect study. Many of these queries are recreating questions the answers to which are to be found in the various field records of LAUSACA, most of which are archived at UGA, although the records of LAUMS are at the Newberry, if I have been informed correctly. Internet provides an excellent vehicle for immediate feeedback about language items, and the folk at UGA have put forth an electronic survey for dialect study. But not everyone is connected to the internet. In fact, in over 20 counties in Kentucky, over 20% of the homes do not even have phone service, let alone computers. FACT: AN ACCURATE DIALECT SURVEY OF NORTH AMERICA CANNOT BE CONDUCTED BY ELECTRONIC MEANS. It is characteristic of the current generation of American researchers, in whatever field, that they are looking for the easy way to whatever conclusion. Some consideration of method is in order. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SERIOUS FIELDWORK Terry -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)