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.
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu
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.