[Ads-l] "Drop" becoming confusing

Salikoko S. Mufwene mufw at UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri Dec 15 16:53:33 EST 2017

The term, as you interpret it, presupposes that the yod pronunciation is 
the older one. Is this really the case?


On 12/15/2017 3:19 PM, Will Salmon wrote:
> 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.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 15, 2017, at 2:43 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> Headline I saw today:
>> 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
>> 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.
>> DanG
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