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"Dragon Fly": Lexical Change, Local Scatter, and the National Norm

Frank Anshen and Mark Aronoff
Language in Society
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Dec., 1982), pp. 413-417
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4167330
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Abstract

In the New York area, there are three local terms for "dragon fly": darning needle, dining needle, and diamond needle. We analyze the distribution of these terms and their relation to the national norm, dragon fly.

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