Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 08:20:41 -0500

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Positive Anymore

Hopelessly old-fashioned dialectologist that I am in part, I would have

placed much of Arkansas and all of Oklahoma (except, perhaps, for its

westernmost parts) in the 'South Midland.' In my experience, however,

positive 'anymore' is more firmly established in North Midland rather than

South Midland areas.

Dennis Preston


Labov does mention that positive anymore is strictly midland, and that


and southern dialect speakers respond with a "huh?!"

There are only two people of my acquaintance who regularly use the positive

anymore - one from Arkansas and one from Oklahoma. From this limited

sample, I would have assumed it to be more southern rather than midland.