Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed May 30 11:46:04 UTC 2007

This is kind of funny: Evidently (so I was told; I didn't remember), in addressing a folklore class recently, I had described the concept of a "tale type" as an abstraction for which we imagine a plot "denuded of stylistic details." Well, on an essay test, fully a fourth of my students echoed some version of that phrasing--and every one of them spelled the word as "denuted"!  Were they thinking (misspelled) "neutered"? Was I mumbling my allophones?


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