Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1993 18:34:00 EST From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET> Subject: Re: modren metathesis I am sorry to introduce the term 'polylithic.' I mean simply to refer to the claim (explicitly made by Chomsky) that variation even in the individual is a switching between grammars (and, hence, uninteresting to general theoretical investigation.) Here is a representative quote: '...every human being speaks a variety of languages. We sometimes call them different styles or dialects, but they are really differnet languages, and somehow we know when to use them.... Now each of these languages invovles a different switch setting. IN the case of [different lanaguges] it is a rather dramatically different switch setting, more so than in the different styles of [one language] (Language and problmes of knowledge: the Managua lectures,1988, MIT Press, p. 188. Perhaps my 'polylithic' was confusable with C-J's 'panlectal,' but that is rather obviously not at all what I had in mind. I promise to stop term-mongering. Dennis Preston