Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 19:27:47 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: socks and shoes Lynne Murphy objects, >all the conjunction rules have failed to explain to me why we have >the twin cities of champaign-urbana, illinois, wherein there is the >university of illinois at urbana-champaign. Au contraire. The former order follows from the fact that Champaign (58,000 or so) is larger and presumptively more important than Urbana (35,000 or so) in the view of Illinois or the world as a whole, while the latter is explained by the greater significance of Urbana with respect to Champaign in the context of the University of Illinois. In particular, while departments and university buildings may be scattered across both communities, it is Urbana which has always housed linguistics. --Larry