[Ads-l] "flied out" vs. "flew out" again

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 26 20:02:29 EST 2017

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> > When a verb is coined from a noun, the general rule is that the verb is
> regular (regardless of whether there is an incorporated verb that is
> irregular or if the form itself is identical to an irregular verb).

Possibly ripped off from Paul Kiparsky, who made the same claim in a
lecture when he was still at MIT, in the ’70’s, using "the bird flew out"
vs. "the batter flied out" as his example.


In his interview on the Point of Inquiry podcast in 2007, [Pinker] provides
the following [example] of what he considers [a] defensible [conclusion] of
what science says human nature is:

"... Each one of us thinks of ourselves as more competent … than we are."

*Pronuntiatio loquitur ipsa.*

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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