Date: Tue, 12 Apr 1994 23:40:08 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: ink pen Larry, No need to dispair totally. Synchrony can be separated from Diachrony. A few Missouri folk did wander up to the Dakotas, and though their offspring may have become phonologically acculturated, lexemes could have been maintained in spite of the loss of the original matrix from which they sprang. I suspect that "ink pen" is still most common in the South and among Blacks who have moved to the North, which would still support the theory of homonymy avoidance.