Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1993 21:12:04 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: modren metathesis Don-- Interesting question re what was going on in Winnie's head re "modren". I wonder if the case is not unlike those anachronistic speakers who persist in pronouncing with a pre-vocalic /r/ rather than the syllabic (or post-vocalic) version. (With respect to the direction of the future, note earlier and .) While hers was somewhat (though obviously not entirely) individualistic, it does raise the question, how much attention do /prEtiy/ speakers pay to /pUrdiy/ (or [prdi]) speakers, or attempt to correct in their direction? History says, in the case of and , they must, but a lot of items bet ween get ignored for some reason or another. We don't really know until after the fact, and then it's too late to find out. --Rudy Troike