Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:26:34 -0500

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Knarly?

Since I am one of your plain old sociolinguists, I ain't into readin' and

writin' much. Privileges of occurrence among sounds (in terms of linear

order) are known as 'phonotactics.' Does Tony's account amount to a

'graphotactic' explanation? Is there such a convention among those of you

who study writing systems? I remember studies of long ago which looked at

'grapheme-phoneme correspondences'; perhaps they contained such


Dennis Preston



I think Shaw's example was "ghoti" with gh from rough. What GBS did

not understand was that "gh" does not occur in initial position "o" does occur

in medial position as in "women" GBS's example, and "ti" of nation does not

occur in final position.