October 4th, 2012


Regional American Dialect for 'mother'

I have googled, I have searched my liguistic books and grammar references, and I can't find the soda/pop/cola/soda-pop graphic equivalent of a picture I saw about 8-10 years ago of the same American regional divide for use of mom/ma/mother/mommy/mammy/mamma.

I'm specifically looking for what a child of the early- to mid-60's in New Mexico (white, middle-class) might have called his mother but also somebody from current-day New York (upper-class to upper-middle-class, Manhattan).

I've googled things like 'regional dialect mother' and 'american dialect mother' and 'mother mom mommy ma mama mamma' and gotten nothing 5 pages deep.

Honestly, it's possible I'm still hung up on this graphic I saw a decade-ish ago, but if anybody can help me out, I'd really, really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance for the help.

Edit: this info is awesome, thank you everybody so much!

Edit 2: I just found this link to Dialect Survey Maps from NCSU: http://spark.rstudio.com/jkatz/SurveyMaps/

Military working dog commands

Present day
New York City
Searched: Military Dog commands, Police Dog commands, Protection dog commands, Dog training commands

Are there specific commands to let a military dog now that he doesn't need to be working? That he can just hang out and take a nap?

How about to introduce a new person to the dog's group?

With my own dogs, I use "break" to end a stay, generally at meal times, "finished" for "we're done working you can wander off". And I generally just have them sit until a new person can get in the house and say hello, but I need to worry that they will mistake somebody for an enemy.