New depths of epenthesis

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 26 17:32:16 UTC 2005

Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 11:52 AM -0400 10/26/05, Alice Faber wrote:
>> From a political discussion on Usenet; writer was born in rural
>> Georgia, educated in Atlanta, now lives in greater Atlanta.
>> "puh fucking lease.  bill bennett's comments were reported on
>> because....wait for it....he's bill bennett."
> Very nice, but I think of epenthesis as involving the insertion of
> one segment at a time, typically in this sort of clustery
> environment; this would be infixation in epenthesis's clothing, no?

I've been hoist on the petard of my alt.folklore.urban experience, which
involved wasting many valuable electrons on the issue of whether the
inserted syllables are properly called "epenthetics" or something else.
So, I guess I'll just have to rest on the laurels of a well-spotted
example, and defer to others on the appropriate label for it.

Alice Faber                                    faber at
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