"all the ADJ-er"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 30 19:26:43 UTC 2013

In addition to Ben's very helpful pointers, one of my colleagues at YGDP (the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project, where we'll be constructing a page for these) mentioned these two sources that mention the comparative version as part of Midland English (while concentrating more on need/want/like + PPL and similar constructions):

Murray, Thomas E. & Beth Lee Simon. 2006. What is dialect? Revisiting the Midland. In Thomas E. Murray & Beth Lee Simon (eds.), Language variation and change in the American Midland: A new look at “heartland” English (Varieties of English around the World G36), 1-30. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Benson, Erica.  2012. Need+ Prepositional Adverb in the Midland: Another Feature Needs In. Journal of English Linguistics 40: 224-55.


On May 30, 2013, at 1:49 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:

>> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> Did we have a thread on these once?  I'm not sure what to look it up
>> under, although I suspect it's been discussed here and/or on Language Log
>> or someone's blog (Arnold? Neal?)   I have the feeling that it's Midlands,
>> but that could be wrong too.
> See the June '05 thread on "all the faster":
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind0506D&L=ADS-L#2
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind0506E&L=ADS-L#2
> DARE identifies "all the far" (in the entry for "all the") as chiefly
> Southern/South Midland and "all the farther" as chiefly Inland
> North/North Midland.
> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> I once cited a lexicon published an issue of the journal of the ADS - I'm
>> blocking on the name of it - from the '20's that listed words and phrases
>> from the area around the former Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn.
> That would be "A Word-List from East Alabama" by Leonidas Warren
> Payne, a 1908 installment of Dialect Notes:
> http://books.google.com/books?id=waAVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA286
> which Wilson brought to our attention here:
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1007E&L=ADS-L&P=R1970
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