/zh/ replacing /dzh/?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 26 14:58:20 UTC 2002

At 7:17 AM -0400 9/26/02, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>I wonder if further prodding of these students might bring out the
>fact that form/shape (elegant vs. inelegant) might also play some

No doubt; also, if it's greasy, and especially if it's greazy, it's a VEYS.

>>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".
>Dennis R. Preston
>Professor of Linguistics
>Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
>      Asian & African Languages
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
>e-mail: preston at msu.edu
>phone: (517) 353-9290

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