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Query:   Orient vs. Orientation
Author:  John Esposito
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics

Summary:   REGARDING QUERY HTTP://WWW.LINGUISTLIST.ORG/ISSUES/15/15-3227.HTML#2

RESPONSES TO THIS QUERY WERE UNANIMOUS. ORIENTATE IS THE ONLY COMMONLY-HEARD FORM OF THE WORD IN BRITISH AND MOST OTHER DIALECTS OF ENGLISH. ORIENT IS REGARDED AS AN AMERICANISM, ALTHOUGH, IRONICALLY, THERE MAY STILL BE A FEW BRITISH PRESCRIPTIVISTS WHO PREFER ORIENT.

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED:

SUSAN FISCHER, ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FAY WOUK, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
TONIO GREEN, BERLIN
ROGER LASSS, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
NEIL BERMEL, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
DAN WEDGWOOD, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
JEFF PLEDGE, WANADOO FRANCE
DEBBIE BERKLEY, MICROSOFT NATURAL LANGUAGE GROUP
ELLEN GROTE, EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY
JEANNETTE REGAN, UNIVERSITY OF LAUSANNE

FINALLY, A WORD OF THANKS TO LESLEY THOMPSON ESPOSITO (MY WIFE), WHO HAS LIVED IN ENGLAND AND HAS A DEGREE IN LINGUISTICS, AND IF I’D JUST ASKED HER IN THE FIRST PLACE, I WOULD HAVE HAD THE ANSWER. APOLOGIES FOR MY PROVINCIALISM! -- JOHN

LL Issue: 15.3281
Date Posted: 22-Nov-2004
Original Query: Read original query