free variation in pronunciation

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Tue Apr 3 14:48:43 UTC 2001

--On Tuesday, April 3, 2001 9:39 am +0800 Laurence Horn
<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> At 8:54 AM -0400 4/3/01, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>> Lynne hits the nail on the head here. I take the two forms - two
>> meanings (in the broad sense) to be a pretty good general account, so
>> much so that I would want to examine claims to the contrary (and free
>> variation is always such a claim) very carefully.
> Does anyone have an early cite on who said this first?

Are you looking for the phrasing or the sentiment?  The sentiment goes back
into the 19th c. at least--Breal has it, right?  But I'm even tempted to
think that Aristotle said something along these lines.  I haven't tried to
trace it, though.

Thanks for the envelope example Larry and Beverly.

And Dennis is so right about all he's said that I will be extra careful in
how I phrase this discussion...


M Lynne Murphy
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