Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 10:59:19 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: modren metathesis Thanks, Dennis. I have no objection to what you find objectionable in what you quote from Chomsky. Unfortunately similar assumptions underlie variationist studies, suggesting that each grammar avails only one rule per function and when two or more rules compete with each other there must be external influence. Chomsky's statement may reflect an assumption well accepted by most linguists, which he just happens to discuss. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531