Date: Fri, 28 Jul 1995 17:04:45 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Your Momma -- Sexual Connotation? > >it's a world-wide thing--usu. reference to knowledge of someone's ... > > I will dispute this universal. It does not work this way in the Bantu ... > Salikoko S. Mufwene sorry--my intention was not to say that it was universal, but that it's found in various parts of the globe--not just california, and not just among geographically or culturally close groups. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA