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ERIC Number: ED117700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 28
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DARE: A Showcase of Linguistic Change.
Waterman, Margaret
Answers to three of the questions used in gathering material for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) are analyzed in this paper. The data was collected state by state, and the number studied in each state was based on the 1960 population figures and known patterns of settlements and migrations. In the first question, the informants were asked to supply a word for the blank in "When people bring baked dishes, salads and so forth to a meeting place and share them together, that's a ..... meal." Of the 131 different answers, the five most frequent were: potluck 459, covered dish 425, picnic 60, tureen 25, and carry-in 23. The second question was the open question, "What names do you have around here for men's haircuts?" 362 different answers to this question were collected, among the most common being: crew 667; flat-top 360; butch 266; Beatle 166; and pompadour 81. In the third question, the informant was asked to fill in the blank in "He doesn't amount to ....." The most frequent answers were: hill of beans 547; row of pins 168; much 81; anything 64; damn 42; and tinker's damn 38. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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