Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 08:06:54 -0400
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Stoled
Terry is right about the second-order constraint, but what if it doesn't
apply to Grant? Is Grant from the 'right' part of Missouri to be an
l-vocalizer? If so, his 'stoled' would be (nearly) homophonous with
'stowed.' /d/ would not be lost since it is no longer part of a final
cluster. (My Milwaukee wife regularly makes fun of my homophonous 'told'
On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Grant Barrett wrote:
I found myself using the word "stoled" as the past tense of "steal"
and was corrected by a smart friend. Anybody have any ideas on usage?
I don't have any decent reference guides here, but I am fairly certain
this is not a word.
I am from Missouri, and I'm pretty sure that's standard usage among my peers.
gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]jerrynet.com
You say that you use "stoled" as the past tense of "steal," but that this
was corrected by someone.
Question What did this person suggest was the correct usage?
In natural speech the dental preterit marker of past tense is generally
lost after a liquid consonant. [a second order constraint]
But the question remains. WHat did someone tell you that you should say?
Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]morehead-st.edu
Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164
Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu