Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 17:02:10 -0700 From: Dan Alford Subject: Re: nuclear Okay, Tom -- I don't know about anyone else, but you piqued my interest the first time with "gravitational," and the second time moved me to action. Can you explain this linguistic usage of the term? Since Whorf has one or two unpublished papers on gravity in the Yale Archives, it sounds like something he would have done, blending physics and linguistics. Explain please. (Tho if you don't do it quickly I won't see it until Monday.) -- moonhawk On Tue, 12 Sep 1995, tom creswell wrote: > MDEU is not written with an audience made up specifically of linguists > and other academics in mind. Its use of "gravitational" rather than "analogic" > in describing the forces leading to such variant pronunciations as those > under discussion is consistent with its aim toward a larger, less specialized, > audience. It is also, moreover, indisputably "data based," being derived from > a study of the more than 14 million citations, including pronunciation records, in > the Merriam Webster citation file. >