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Academic Paper

Title: Cucurbits
Author: Orin K Hargraves
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Linguistic Field: Typology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The fruits of the plant family Cucurbitaceae - variously called the gourd family, the pumpkin family, the melon family, or the cucumber family - offer rich pickings for charting the distribution of English dialectal variations and the curious ways in which they get fixed. The cucurbits are a medium-sized plant family, with representatives native to both the Old and New Worlds. They are what taxonomists call a monophyletic family, or a clade: all representatives of the family known today have a single ancestor, which presumably sprouted up somewhere on Pangaea. This paper explores this linguistic phenomenon.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 20, Issue 4.

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