Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 10:19:37 -0500

From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU

Subject: Re: see or say

Generalities just won't do for trying to cope with Labov's *Principles of

Sound Change*. You really have to go and read it to see the complexity of

what he is trying to do. There are several things going on in chain

shifts, and several patterns which include both long and short vowels in

different ways. "Complexity" as a term doesn't really do justice to the

book or set of ideas: I just finished a quarter with the book in a

graduate seminar, and we managed to get just half way through.

Regards, Bill


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