Doug_Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Mon Oct 27 14:21:48 UTC 2008

Then there's the subtle distinction between napping and sleeping during the
day, as explained last Saturday by Dagwood Bumstead:

D: "Lazy people sleep in the middle of the day, Elmo. I take naps."
E: 'I still don't see the difference, Mr. B.'
D: "The difference, Elmo, is that I'm not one of the lazy people."

At 10/26/2008 01:45 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>...and there may be a minimal pair, distinguished suprasegmentally,
>between "catnap(p)ed" 'slept for a short period' vs. "catnap(p)ed"
>'abducted a feline for monetary gain'; the test is whether one can
>say "Catnapping is a crime, but catnapping is OK" with appropriately
>disambiguating stress/rhythm.

Interesting -- I do disambiguate.


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