Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 19:12:07 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: modren metathesis I thought Dennis was "playing with words" rather than proposing/using a technical term when he opposed 'polylithic' to 'monolithic'. As Sali pointed out in his response to my quasi-non-question about ESL students never picking up lack of I/E before nasals, among the many liths that get thrown onto the learning machine are our responses to spellings and the phonological systemsof L1, L2, interlanguage(s), etc. When we talk about language (dialects, styles, second languages) we inevitably posit an "idealized" form as a reference. And in literacy contexts the written form, as well as, as Sali pointed out, dictionaries enter into our judgments. DMLance