Date: Sun, 20 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Pigtails > From: "Warren A. Brewer" > The dispute is over the meaning of . For me, = > , & therefore are both [+braided]; for a colleague (Maine) & > his wife (NY), are indeed [+braided], but (incroyablement) > is the dual of , for which I have a lexical > gap. > i don't think i fit into either of your patterns. braids are things that are braided, ponytails and pigtails are tied-off hunks of hair-- regardless of whether they are braided or not: you can have a regular ponytail or a braided one. the only difference for me between pony tails and pigtails is their positioning. a ponytail goes on the back of your head, making your head look like a horse's posterior (that may be a bit of aesthetic judgment as well as lexicographic description), whereas pigtails are normally (but not exclusively) on the sides of the head, esp. when bound above the ears. lynne ____________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa