Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 08:37:03 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" 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? Dennis Preston