End of ADS-L Digest - 20 Dec 1993 to 21 Dec 1993 ************************************************ There are 2 messages totalling 58 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. modren metathesis (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1993 19:08:10 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: modren metathesis >Sali- >I think the one-rule-per-function (and hence different grammar or lect) is an >assumption of variationist studies within the implicational (or >Bailey-DeCamp-Bickerton) model, more often associated with pidgin/creole >studies. I'm not sure that the same assumption lurks beneath quantitativist >approaches to variation which find a 'richer' life for alternatives, >presumably in the same grammar. Dennis: May I ask you where your classification system places studies of African American English? in the category of pidgin/creole studies? Any standard variationist analysis of aspects of this variety may be found guilty of the monolithic assumption, starting with segment deletion rules. Yet I see this particular research area as having played a central role in the development of the variationist paradigm--do forgive my outsider-ignorance. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uchicago.edu 312-702-8531