[Ads-l] Merry-Mary-Marry

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Sun Dec 27 23:15:26 UTC 2020

You've probably already checked the Atlas of North American English, which is the only large-scale survey I'm aware of on this variable. The research was conducted in the 1990s, so not exactly recent. 

Map 8.4 shows the results and is available in this pdf from Labov's website:

Matt Gordon

On 12/27/20, 11:17 AM, "American Dialect Society on behalf of Geoffrey Nathan" <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU on behalf of geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:

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    If folks don’t mind I’m going to be a little bit lazy and ask if someone knows a recent reference for the status of (non-)merger of the three words in North American dialects. Asking for a project Margaret Winters and I are doing.


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