Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 08:37:03 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: teeth/tooths
Only a month or two ago a 50-ish, EA, Chicago-born-and-raised Ann Arbor
woman said 'All my family are sweet tooths.'
For all the examples we have been discussing, I'm still not so sure that
Pinker's characterization covers the field, although I certainly recognize
the possibility of the idiomatic status of some of the 'folk' or
'performance.' I'd still like to see a little more careful analysis of the
processes (i.e., phonological and morphological status of the units
involved in each case). But where would we be without those sweeping
genralizations that us socio-dialecto-types can't follow up after and clean
up the mess. Sort of like the last guys in the circus parade, huh?
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu