Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:26:34 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" 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 terminology. Dennis Preston >Seth: > 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. > > \tony