isoglosses for hw/w

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 29 16:11:00 UTC 2008

Given that this is the same explanation that I have independently come
up with, myself, I find it eminently reasonable! :-)


On 1/29/08, David Bowie <db.list at> wrote:
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> From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > If North Midland distinguishes between, e.g. "hem, ten" and "him,
> > tin," a distinction unknown in California, then U.S. West can't
> > possibly be what happened when North Midland expanded westward.
> Well, like i said--lies my lx professors told me.
> > BTW, has anyone besides me, who have a special reason for doing so,
> > noticed how Southern (I use the term in its loosest sense, being but
> > feebly learned in dialectology; once the technical terms move much
> > beyond "isogloss," I need a cab in order to catch up) the speech of
> > the farming areas of California sounds? I've felt a draft in towns as
> > large as Fresno and even though that was the first place that I ever
> > was in in which public signage, e.g. in the Greyhound station, was in
> > Spanish as well as in English.
> I don't have it here, but doesn't the ANAE data show an island of fairly
> strongly "Southern" features clustered in and around Bakersfield,
> California? I know I've heard (from linguists and non-linguists) who've
> noticed the "Southern"-ness of the are that this might be a result of
> the massive Okie migration to the area during the Dust Bowl, but i have
> no idea if that's a reasonable explanation.
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