Conversate and basically
Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Jan 25 00:17:21 UTC 2001
>Please continue to expose your prejudices about language on this
>list. I copy them down for folk linguistic work with great relish.
>I'm especially fond of particularly visceral reactions.
>It's yucky because it's not standard English, Beverly. That doesn't
>necessarily make it bad or evil or the first step down the slippery slope to
>ruin for the language, but it does indicate that the speaker has neither the
>time nor the inclination to discover the traditional term which he or she is
>aiming for. I find it charming and disarming in folks who've not had
>extended educational opportunities. I find it disturbing and reprehensible
>and outright hilarious when it comes from folks who--I'm sorry to say
>it--should know better.
>Hey, I enjoy and love a fluid and lively language, one that is dynamic and
>open to change. But this, at least for me, is not that type of change.
>It's just careless, and it smacks of the type of thinking that anytime one
>can add a syllable to a term, whether it's valid or not, it's good. Our
>students don't need to see this type of hooey coming from either their
>fellows, who set themselves up as semi-experts when they become writers, or
>from the man who wants to become the nation's attorney general. He should
>know better, as well.
>Sorry--I'm not feeling very tolerant today.
>> From: Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
>> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>> Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 10:52:21 -0500
>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> Subject: Re: Conversate and basically
>> "Conversate" was used over a year ago by an African American columnist in
>> our student newspaper. What's yucky about it?
>> Beverly Olson Flanigan Department of Linguistics
>> Ohio University Athens, OH 45701
>> Ph.: (740) 593-4568 Fax: (740) 593-2967
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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