Anne Lambert annelamb at GNV.FDT.NET
Wed Feb 2 20:05:33 UTC 2000

I've read somewhere that metathesis is a neurological thing, as it is frequent in
typing (as we all know).
    When I was new at UF (University of Florida)  the administration building was
Tigert Hall and the anthropology building was Grinter Hall. I used to get them
mixed up and go to Grinter instead of Tigert. A strange kind of metathesis.
(Administration is now Criser Hall, which I call Crisis Hall.)

"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:

> They don;t grate on me; I love em all, but I love sadistics the bes.
> dInIs
> >Let me toss in a three more that grate on this layman's ears:
> >
> >Renumeration for remuneration
> >
> >statisics or satistics for statistics
> >
> >tempature for temperature
> >
> >Bob
> >
> >RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> >
> >> I'm dubious that anything but phonology is very much as work here. It seems
> >> to me to go both ways (just like BIRD/BRID). I hear "pervention" as much as
> >> "prevention"; cf. also "pervaricate," "perliminary"--even "February" becomes
> >> "Feburary" as well as "Febuary."
> >>
> >> <<By my reasoning, no one would say 'per-game'...I was wondering whether the
> >> transparent PRE- prefix is prefered over the semantically opaque PER- thing
> >> that looks like a prefix.  I think English speakers do have a sense that
> >> PER- and CON- and other fossilized latinate prefixes are prefixes (this
> >> becomes very clear in the morphology section of the intro to linguistics
> >> class), but they have a clearer sense that PRE- is a prefix, since it's
> >> still productive.  So I was suggesting that 'prehaps' the people who
> >> metathesize these sounds are motivated by morphology analogy, not
> >>articulatory
> >> ease or whatever.>>
> Dennis R. Preston
> Department of Linguistics and Languages
> Michigan State University
> East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
> preston at
> Office: (517)353-0740
> Fax: (517)432-2736

More information about the Ads-l mailing list