[Ads-l] "Drop" becoming confusing

Will Salmon wnsalmon at D.UMN.EDU
Fri Dec 15 16:19:41 EST 2017


When I was teaching sociolinguistics in Vancouver a few years ago, I assigned a project in which students were to investigate yod-dropping in the community in words like tune/tyune, news/nyews, etc. 

Some of the students interpreted the assignment so that "yod-dropping" meant dropping yod into the various words, resulting in tyune/nyews etc., rather than dropping yod out of them. 





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> On Dec 15, 2017, at 2:43 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Headline I saw today:
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> L-ong time coming: Transit agencies drop plan for commuters during L-train
> closure
> https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/40/51/dtg-l-train-plans-update-2017-12-22-bk.html
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> When I first saw the headline, I assumed it meant that the plan was being
> thrown away. It was only when I read the entire article that I learned the
> plan was just announced.
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> DanG
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