rocks and stones

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Nov 19 21:38:49 UTC 2003

>Hmmmmm. "These ancient rock carvings..." Sounds good to me.


>Note that the mass use of both words brings out a [natural] vs. [worked]
>distinction that seems to underly some of the comments so far: a "rock
>wall" is something in nature that some people like to climb; a "stone wall"
>is constructed of individual stones that have at least been moved and
>assembled.  Similarly, a carved artifact is said to be made of stone, not
>(at least in my experience) of rock.
>Peter Mc.
>--On Wednesday, November 19, 2003 2:34 PM -0500 Laurence Horn
><laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>>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.
>Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
>******************* pmcgraw at ************************

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