/zh/ replacing /dzh/?
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 26 01:46:51 UTC 2002
At 7:09 PM -0400 9/25/02, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>Does this mean I take my beater to the /gradzh/ but the chateau has
>an attached /garazh/?
>This is not entirely with tongue-you-know-where; s I grew up (in
>Loo at vul), I came to have a meaning for /grisI/ which suggested a fine
>or delicate oil and reserved /grizI/ for the unmarked sense - You
>been workin on the car and are all greasy.
Actually, the last time I brought up the VAHZ/VEYS distinction in
Dialects class, it was during the discussion of an article on
greasy/greazy (Atwood's classic from 1950) in which the point you
make was made, although in that case different speakers who have a
semantic distinction appear to draw it at different places, or should
I say textures or functions, which appears not to be true for the
more monotonic variation on the flower-holding object, where the only
relevant parameter is how expensive it has to be to count as a VEYS.
>>...According to my students, it depends on the value/price. Over $300
>>or so, it's a VAHZ. Otherwise, just a VEYS. I guess that may be
>>seen as going along with "affectation".
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