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  • 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.

publication date

  • October 1, 2004

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 11, 2016 5:30 AM

Full Author List

  • Hargraves O

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-0784

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-0567

Additional Document Info

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  • 50

end page

  • 54


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