[Ads-l] query on -s truncation

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 27 19:20:47 UTC 2015


Great.  Thanks very much, Ben, and Arnold as well.  I'll pass on these links...oops, I mean I'll pass these links on.  

LH




> On May 27, 2015, at 3:03 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> On Wed, May 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> 
>>> On May 27, 2015, at 9:14 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>>> 
>>> A colleague off-list wonders if anything has been published on the
>>> truncation process described by one of her students, who is working on
>>> them, as
>>> 
>>> "-s truncation of adjectives and adverbs by younger speakers, yielding
>>> for example 'totes', 'awks', 'adorbs', from 'totally', 'awkward',
>>> 'adorable', etc."
>>> 
>>> Seems like I vaguely recall something on this but I can't remember
>> what. Anyone?
>> 
>> a little bit on on my blog, with references to ADS-L:
>> 
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__arnoldzwicky.org_2013_12_31_amaze_&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=6x0_89uNOnoRUGXk5L23ZkrKWbSxuSL009RO9WWQ4-4&e= 
> 
> At the 2014 ADS conference in Minneapolis, there was a relevant paper
> by Sravana Reddy, Joy Zhong, and James Stanford, "A Twitter-Based
> Study of Newly Formed Clippings in American English." The paper is
> discussed here:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.npr.org_sections_alltechconsidered_2014_01_16_263096375_researchers-2Dare-2Dtotes-2Dstudying-2Dhow-2Dppl-2Dshorten-2Dwords-2Don-2Dtwitter&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=U3OMIfwT8Lsf3HZ3H5PCEH_EMLERjJTgW0oAu551ms0&e= 
> 
> That paper followed up on Kenny Baclawski's 2012 LSA poster
> presentation, "A Frequency-Based Analysis of the Modern -s Register-
> Marking Suffix," summarized here:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__onpoint.wbur.org_2014_01_24_abbevs-2Dthe-2Dlike-2Dhow-2Dweb-2Dwords-2Dare-2Dcrossing-2Dover&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=z9W1t03tSALPdNzRHKJeEm5Z6Mg1v-WBKDSZ8waz2Lk&e= 
> 
> See also Mark Liberman's Language Log post on a recent paper by Lauren
> Spradlin, "_OMG the Word-Final Alveopalatals are Cray-Cray Prev_: A
> Morphophonological Account of _Totes_ Constructions in English":
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu_nll_-3Fcat-3D24&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=KRX01dH_P40ooCCWxZeh12FhEsN7oU3UpgLFeUSz2Fo&e= 
> 
> A few other items of interest:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bostonglobe.com_ideas_2011_10_15_totes-2Dpresh_s63iarzfURe4xU1gCzBQjI_story.html&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=HeXIk5sZMRNMUX90xjnk-A2kLR9VqZBpd5Ay4QIviKU&e= 
> "Totes presh," Erin McKean, Boston Globe, Oct. 15, 2011
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__chronicle.com_blogs_linguafranca_2012_01_20_totes-2Dcray-2Dcray-2Dabbrevs_&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=0A8TFQq7silM7TdCMIXgXN5tu679WQ1xCilE3BpuQVk&e= 
> "Totes Cray-Cray Abbrevs," Ben Yagoda, Lingua Franca (Chronicle blog),
> Jan. 20, 2012
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www2.canada.com_edmontonjournal_news_story.html-3Fid-3Dcb579da7-2D5a9f-2D43c9-2D8ae3-2Ddf783b7ee47e&d=AwIBAw&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=TxDRgZObplds6eQI04m1mN9E43vvMha7QlJ-kSdvlLQ&s=xsq7MkaxPULt0PQNxxibyICVstZqI2OepF2b6dQmH6M&e= 
> "Why all the cray-cray words?" Elizabeth "Libsies" Withey, Edmonton
> Journal, Dec. 18, 2013
> 
> --bgz
> 
> -- 
> Ben Zimmer
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