Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 01:22:43 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Mouse/Mice=House/Hice We are just becoming too technological. The Kluge people can't keep up with the Wired people and the Provincial people offer job opportunities at cut rates. Unfortunately, the Kluge people are the bureacracies around government and education jobs (an entrenched crowd--is tenure REALLY a good thing?); the Provincial people are providing 5 buck an hour jobs to people who don't realize that the exchange value of their labor is greater. Now exactly where does our concern about what is happening to the mouse/mice irregular plural, the result of a Germanic vowel harmony reduction rule (Yes, I'm practising for my spring HEL course!), place us? There is a change in progress here. It could be a regularisation process, a function of a Wired crowd that does not abide anomalies. Or it could be the result of semantic disambiguation. "Mice" is the plural of "mouse1," the rodent. "Mouses" is the plural of "mouse2," the whateveritisthing. Works for me. The plural of "mouse2" in the computernerdcrowdi'vecometoknow set is "mouses." My question is, has anyone heard of "house" being pluralised as "hice"? I've heard, without citation, that the British are doing this. Can anyone verify? Terry -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)