Nobody's Perfect Dept.

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 19 14:12:36 UTC 2006

Sorry about "Brittish".  The double "t" is the new English spelling going to
be offered by the UK's Simplified Spelling Society (unless they exclude
proper names).  I am not in favor of changing tradspel.  It's been tried and
failed.  But a simple English friendly phonetic spelling is very useful.

Many of my positions on USA phonology are not the same in UK dialects.  The
late British linguist Peter Ladefoged wrote me saying that for ing/ink it's
mostly eeng/eenk in USA but not in UK, according to a graduate students
testing at UCLA.  Also my position on diphthongs may be different in UK
dialect. Thus, folks in UK may have strong feelings about my positions.  But
this is USA dialect.

If you were a researcher as I was, knowing the background of you test
participants is crucial.  Knowing the background of us all is a very good

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL4+
See and the 4 truespel books at

>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Nobody's Perfect Dept.
>Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 20:36:56 -0500
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: Nobody's Perfect Dept.
> >Mark Mandel has known of my work for years.  He doesn't like what I do.
> >has an agenda.  Is he a Brittish import to US?
>Why do you keep accusing those who disagree with your viewpoint of
>being British (or Brittish)?
> >
> >I have brought up many many issues here and have been hectored as no one
> >else possibly ever has for showing different points of view.
>The "different points of view" you've "shown" are akin to someone
>posting messages on a list for evolutionary biology that repeat over
>and over the "point of view" that Darwin was biased and should be
>disregarded since of course God created the universe in 4004 B.C.
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