Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1993 12:23:14 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: modren metathesis Dennis: I welcome Rudy's and your interventions in reply to Don's question on metathesis, especially the ideas that speakers from the same language community need not operate on the same active systems and that grammatical systems need not be monolythic. Having been toying with the same assumptions for some years now, it occurs to me that I have not come across any discussion of polylythic competence. Did I get you wrong here? Would you mind explaining? I could assign more than one interpretation to "polylythic competence" but do not know which you intend. Before speculating, perhaps it is charitable enough to invite you to explain. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531