Chomsky's endorsement

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Oct 22 12:33:46 UTC 2008

That is to say, isoglosses separating dialects of American English from dialects of anti-American English . . . .


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>Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:57:50 -0400
>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

>I don't know; the whole situation seems to call for an optimality-theoretic solution, with the different constraints ranked differently in different dialect areas.  Maybe I'm writing under the influence of a talk I just heard Bill Labov give in which the isogloss for the Northern Cities Vowel Shift is superimposed on voting patterns from the 19th century to the current blue state/red state (or actually blue counties/red counties) splits...

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