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Craig Miller LIN 306 (42135) HW – Language Variation Part 2 November 19, 2007 The informant I interviewed for this assignment is Derek Richardson from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a 31 year old male born in Texas. He moved to Minnesota when he was a junior in high school. All of the data from the survey matches the state data in the HDS except the syntactic variation. He thought that you could not say “Are you coming with” as a full sentence for “Are you coming with us” when the majority of the state did. He also said that you could say “I might could do that” to mean “I might be able to do that” when the majority of Minnesota said that you could not. My informant Derek almost exactly matches the responses of the rest of his state. They use the same morphological, semantic, phonological, and lexical techniques. These four categories match perfectly to the responses of the majority of Minnesota. Like I said the only difference is the syntax. Only one of three questions matches in this category.
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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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