Christian Sci Monitor on "Southern drawl"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 24 03:50:36 UTC 2007

I was chatting with a friend, a linguistics student at M.I.T at the
time, and he claimed never to have heard the word "drawl" until I used
it in the course of our conversation. This was ca.1975. He was a
native of Vermont, but still ...


On 9/23/07, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Christian Sci Monitor on "Southern drawl"
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> The Southern Drawl: Is It Spreading?
> Some Linguists Say 'Yes' as More Northerners Move South, but Others
> See Stiff Resistance to 'Y'all'
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> 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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