Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 06:07:00 EDT From: "David A. Johns" Subject: ProcessEEZ Larry Horn says: # Now of course 'process' is not in the same class as 'basis' or # 'crisis' either declensionally or even orthographically, but (and # this is crucial) it IS related to them semantically. It thus # forms a minimal pair with an orthographically parallel # NON-abstract NON-conceptual word like 'mattress', whose plural is # never hyper-urbanized to 'mattressEEZ'. Nor do we have # 'actressEEZ', 'countessEEZ', or (parallel to 'matrices') # 'waitressEEZ'. Perhaps the proposed label of 'affectation' is # indeed appropriate here, at least for the initial occurrences, # but it would appear that there's no longer any conscious # affectation involved for many speakers now that the long vowel # version of the plural has become somewhat standardized. I've heard 'biasEEZ', 'purposEEZ', and 'premisEEZ', all from University of Florida faculty, which would support the affectation hypothesEE (well, no, I haven't heard that, but parenthesEE is pretty common among computer folks). David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA