Spelling errors as a reflection of non-standard speech

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jul 23 20:06:01 UTC 2004

Isn't nonstandard "chimbley" relevant here?


Geoff Nathan <an6993 at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: Spelling errors as a reflection of non-standard speech

At 01:13 PM 7/23/2004, you wrote:

Isn't this a relatively common
source of sound change?  Two examples

that come to mind are "humble" (< Lat. humilis) and Gk.
"andro-" (as

in "androgyny", "android", etc.) from earlier Gk.
"aner" ('male

human').  And I'm pretty sure the -b- in Span. "hombre" is
the same

sort of interpolated stop (Lat. homo, hominis, orig. from the same

"humus" root as "humble").

Not only is it a common source of sound change, but in fact
the same etymon underwent the same change in French, leading to chamBre
'room', which, of course, is what CAMERA originally meant.  Wheels
within wheels...


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