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Unformatted text preview: For living almost all of his adult life in Minnesota, Derek has taken up the dialect of this region. The HDS is what the majority of people say in a select state. When Derek moved to Minnesota, he was surrounded in the new dialect and changed his speech. This extralinguistic factor causes his responses to closely match the majority of Minnesota. The divergence in responses in syntax may be just common error, he might have held on to that part of his original Texan dialect, or a mix of Texan and Minnesotan dialects. I fully agree that the HDS is a good indicator of typical speech because in actual experience the majority of the results match. I looked at some other states data and found a very interesting distinction that I came across in the reading. A radio comedian once remarked that the Mason-Dixon line is the dividing line between you-all and youse-guys (FRH 412). It seems awkward at first but actually holds true and tells us a lot about language variation....
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- Spring '08