Linguistic boundaries [was: A novel notion of "balance"]

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 13 01:07:17 UTC 2014

On 1/12/14 2:35 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 1/12/2014 01:51 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> --LH (in Pats' country)
> I will assume LH was somewhere close to New Haven when he wrote the
> above.  If not, the questions are still answerable but perhaps the
> answers less interesting.)
> Where is the Patriots--Giants boundary?  Further west than the Red
> Sox's--Yankees boundary?
> Joel (also in Pats' country as I write, but formerly from Yankees' country)

When the Giants faced the Patriots in the Superbowl a few years ago, the
Trader Joes in Milford, CT had its door soaped with both logos. In my
neighborhood, a wee bit north of Larry's, there's a fairly even mix of
Patriots and Giants flags out on game days, with the balance shifting
with the teams' relative fortunes.

As for the Red Sox-Yankees boundary, I would say it's shifted east in
the past decade. This isn't just due to the Red Sox' recent success
(though that contributed); the addition of Red Sox broadcasts to cable
systems in the New Haven area makes it much easier to follow the Sox
these days.


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