Enrique Figueroa E.
efiguero at CAPOMO.USON.MX
Wed Apr 9 02:42:34 UTC 1997
Guess you're right, pal!
On Tue, 8 Apr 1997, Noel Rude wrote:
> Hi again,
> Ah yes, didn't think when making the post that "my airplane needs
> fixing" would also be good English. All that I can say is that I
> collected (wrote down) many examples of my son's -en versus -ed: his
> -en was restricted to passive constructions ("It is fixen" = "It is
> fixed", etc.) and his -ed to the past tense. Also I suspect that Ellen
> Prince ("never heard that children's regularizations of irregular verbs
> were accompanied by precise semantic differentiations") meant semantic
> differentiation that was not already there in the child's input, and in
> this sense then mine was no counterexample. As to where structure
> leaves off and semantics begins, who am I to know? One would think
> though that since semantic distinctions are continually being leveled by
> language change (e.g. OE beon and waesan merging in the single "be"
> paradigm of modern English) then surely new semantic distinctions must
> be arising or else our languages would become semantically
> impoverished. And one imagines not all enrichment comes by borrowing.
> Surely the kids are responsible for some.
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