Re: English as a universal language
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 07:04:55 -0500
At 11:43 AM 8/5/96 -0400, you wrote:
>In a message dated 96-08-04 18:56:40 EDT, Robert W. McGwier wrote:
>>What pundit was it that said that we and the English are two peoples
>>seperated by a common language?
>This statment is obsolete. We have a lot more than two peoples speaking
>English, and my dictionary has around 750,000 words listed! I have found
>that usage varies greatly in the United States, and I can only imagine how it
>varies accross the world.
An English Prof. here in Wisconsin has started to compile "The Dictionary of
American Regional English". Two good sized volumes so far and that's only
up to letter E or F. Fascinating some times to leaf through & see how the
language changes from state to state--sometimes from county to county.
Mark W. Arend
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