[Ads-l] slown

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Aug 3 15:54:13 EDT 2017


I assume it's by analogy with "show," "throw," "blow," etc.


On 8/3/2017 10:19 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> On Aug 2, 2017, at 11:22 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>
>>> It does seem as though the instances of “slown” found on the web are
>> back-primed by a > following “down”
>>
>> How? Does the speaker have in mind the letters, while keeping in mind that
>> the pronunciation is different?
> I don’t know how much effect the mental representation of the orthography has, but there’s a half-rhyme or almost-rhyme between /on/ and /aun/ that I’m guessing may be enough for priming purposes.  It would be interesting to consider a variant of our language, Shmenglish, which is identical to English except for “down” being spelled “daun”, and then to run a google (or shmoogle) search to see if there are fewer instances of “slown daun” than there are of “slown down” in our own English.
>
> LH
>> On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 9:27 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I assume pronounced “sloan” rather than to rhyme with “clown” (or
>>> “down”).  There are limits to anticipatory assimilation, after all.
>>>
>>> It does seem as though the instances of “slown” found on the web are
>>> back-primed by a following “down”:
>>>
>>>
>>> Examples of “slown” at https://www.wordnik.com/words/slown include the
>>> following, a few from Amy Hempel’s “The Dog of the Marriage"
>>>
>>> • “Time was slown way down,” he said, his eyes closed.
>>> The Dog of the Marriage
>>>
>>> • It was like this woman was getting just as slown down as I was, even
>>> though she never touched the stuff.
>>> The Dog of the Marriage
>>>
>>> • There's many fronts causing these things to happen within the next few
>>> years, Moore's law hasn't slown down, and it shows no signs of doing so,
>>> quite the contrary.
>>> --Top News
>>>
>>> • Slumping Hanna hopes to slown down streaking Westside
>>> --Anderson Independent Mail Stories
>>>
>>> • Pledges have slown down a little bit and I want to make sure we haven't
>>> lost the momentum that we built up last week
>>> —Theater Hopper
>>>
>>> • With respect to labour market dynamics employment continued to expand
>>> briskly in Q1 2008, but seems to have slown down somewhat in Q2.
>>> --Global Economy Matters
>>>
>>> • So, that means CPM advertising may slown down but overall I still think
>>> the state of Internet Advertising is healthy
>>> --Cameron Olthuis
>>>
>>> • Their excuse is that their super-uber-mega-military computers are being
>>> "slown down" by people watching stupid videos of cats playing the piano,
>>> and being exposed to viruses (I'm sorry, but if US military servers can be
>>> taken down with a virus you get from surfing MySpace, then Georgie, we have
>>> a fucking problem).
>>> --Three good things for every (three) bad
>>>
>>>> On Aug 2, 2017, at 7:56 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Fortyish woman on Cosequin commercial:
>>>>
>>>> "It's amazing. He really hasn't slown down much."
>>>>
>>>> JL
>>>> --
>>>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
>>> truth."
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>>
>> -- 
>> -Wilson
>> -----
>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>> -Mark Twain
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