While we're waiting for the election returns

Tim Frazer tcf at MACOMB.COM
Mon Nov 13 21:46:20 UTC 2000

If you look at Jim Hartmann's pronunciation article in the frontmatter to
Vol. I of DARE, you will see some pronuncation maps shaped very much like
the area that Bush (apparently) carried in this election.  The same for the
1992 election, except that Clinton carried Ohio, so that the Hoosier
(republican?) apex is more obvious.

----- Original Message -----
From: David Bergdahl <bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2000 1:38 PM
Subject: While we're waiting for the election returns

> Did it strike anyone else as interesting that among the northern states
> voting for Gore (from Minn > Wisc > Iowa > Illinois > Mich and then Penn
> > Maine except NH) there's a noticeable gab formed by Indiana and Ohio?
> In the 20th-century the border states of WV, KY & TN have become
> southern.  I thought that in this first election of the 21st-century OH
> & IND had joined them.  Certainly, southern Ohio & Hoosier-apex parts of
> Indiana are southern culturally, even as far north as Indianapolis and
> Columbus.  Carver suggests that the old Midland dialect area is a place
> where northern and southern vocabulary overlap, "a transitional layer
> between the Upper South and Lower North, which it overlaps" (174).
> The Gore states of "the left coast," the upper Midwest centered on
> Chicago and Minneapolis, and the old east centered on Philadelphia, NY &
> Boston then define "northern" with the Atlantic and Gulf states (and the
> expansion area of the great plains) and the mountain states "southern."
> An interesting cultural configuration.
> -- db
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