Nobody's Perfect Dept.

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Mon Dec 18 20:39:14 UTC 2006

Bev writ:

But I suspect Murfin read somewhere "the smallest unit of meaning" and
interpreted "of meaning" as "significant/meaningful."  Misleading indeed,
but only because he confused morphemes (with their constituent allomorphs)
with phonemes (with their constituent allophones).

I'm sure all this is obvious to all but the lurkers who refuse to learn
something about basic linguistics.


Oh, would that they would STAY lurkers (i.e., reading but not posting)!

m a m

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