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

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 13 11:55:46 UTC 2014

Based on my own subjective experience living in the New Haven area, there are a distressingly large number of Yankees fans here.

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Ben Zimmer [bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 3:30 AM
Subject: Re: Linguistic boundaries [was: A novel notion of "balance"]

On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
> On 1/12/14 9:54 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> > On Jan 12, 2014, at 8:07 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
> >>
> >> 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.
> >
> > Alice--you do mean the boundary has shifted west, right?  Or maybe New
> > Haven County has shifted east?  Either way I agree, and I think both radio
> > (especially for baseball) and football (especially for TV) has played a major
> > role in establishing the relevant isofans.
> Yep...the other east. Towards the Pacific.

For some big-data analysis of the Red Sox-Yankees boundary through CT, see:

That's based on professed allegiance on Facebook, providing a much
bigger dataset than the "driving around and asking strangers" method
employed a few years before that by the Times:


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