Christian Sci Monitor on "Southern drawl"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Sep 23 04:22:43 UTC 2007

The Southern Drawl: Is It Spreading?
Some Linguists Say 'Yes' as More Northerners Move South, but Others
See Stiff Resistance to 'Y'all'

Article features quotes from ADS'ers Dennis Preston and Erik Thomas
among others, though it's full of typically muddy (folk-)linguistic
descriptions of the "drawl" -- so ill-defined it's not surprising that
there's disagreement about whether it's spreading or receding.

--Ben Zimmer

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