rocks and stones

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 19 19:34:55 UTC 2003

At 2:26 PM -0500 11/19/03, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>I cannot yield to to larry's identification of stone as the substance
>and hence the unmarked form.I suspect a dialect difference on just
>this matter. Several of his no-good forms (rock house, rock wall) are
>OK by me, tough one must be careful of relatively frozen collocations
>in such considerations. For example, I have rock walls and rock
>fences, but I have the metaphoric verb "stonewall."
OK, OK.  Note also:  Rolling Stones vs. Rolling Rock, "rock music"
but "stone soup", "Everybody must get stoned" vs. "Rock me baby all
night long", "Leave no stone unturned" vs. "What rock did you crawl
out from under?"

More research is required.


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