the pronunciation of Gray/Grey

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Tue Oct 17 10:58:07 UTC 2000

Douglas Bigham said:

>I'm not saying, nor was I ever saying, that the OED should insert two
>completely seperate entries for 'grey' and 'gray'.  I'm saying that I,
>personally, use them differently.

Nor was I saying anything about the OED, per se, I was talking about
the human mental lexicon, and whether there are really two "words"
gray/grey, or just two spellings for the same word that happen to get
distinguished in writing, but not in speech (i.e., real language!).

M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 3AN    UK
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