Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1993 21:25:14 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: modren metathesis Dennis-- I responded to Don's last note before I saw yours. I could not agree more with your point, but I would add, per my examples, that variation can exist in a society without coexisting in the PRODUCTIVE competence of indivi- duals, though clearly coexisting in their RECEPTIVE competence (an old distinc- tion I made back in '68, which has had little attention in the psycholinguistic literature). Like the lady in the Wausau commercial with the postvocalic /r/, I can hear a different form without ever producing it, or sometimes without even being conscious that it is different from mine. --Rudy