Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:06:05 -0400
From: "H. Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University/SUNY)"
sstraigh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BINGSUNS.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Pronounciation of Oxymoron -Reply
My apologies to Larry Horn for misrepresenting his statement of subjective
impressions of the relative frequency of particular non-orthographic
pronunciations as a claim that they were implicationally scaled. A less
polite list-er might have taken me to task for the misrepresentation.
Thank you, Larry.
Even relative-frequency judgments are, however, suspect. For example, my
own experience growing up in a houseful of English teachers in the Midwest
found feb-yu-air-ee, but NONE of the other examples cited in this thread.
Presumably, by the way, it's not at all a matter of not knowing how to
spell. After all, there are innumerable examples of words that no one
ever pronounces in accordance with their spelling (take the word "word",
for example). And, interestingly, all of the realtors I know say
reel-a-ter and reel-a-tee, but most of them seem to spell these words in
the prescribed manner. By the way, remember that Jimmy Carter has a degree
in nuclear engineering. Education and expertise don't make the
H Stephen STRAIGHT, Anthro/Ling/Lgs Across the Curric, Binghamton U (SUNY)
Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902-6000 Tel: 607-777-2824 Fax: 607-777-2889