[Ads-l] Labial+/s/ metathesis

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 23 22:03:12 EST 2017

> On Nov 23, 2017, at 9:24 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I'm familiar with the AAVE metathesis of /sk/, at least in "ask/aks," but
> this evening on the news I heard a speaker say "I don't graps it." with an
> /sp/ metathesis.  I haven/t noticed that before, and I might have misheard
> it.  

It shows up on the web, although it’s impossible to know if these are just typos:

Unfortunatly for the lot of people that still can't graps this properly,

the only problem in the script is that it contains a string format expression that I really can't graps 

I can't graps basics of wallet security.

I can't graps the concept of this piece of paper dictating over my life

 As much as I did take a liking to Calloway, I can't graps why they allowed him to remain. 

etc.  As noted, possibly just typos rather than true metatheses.

> Does /s+C/ metathesis occur more generally?  Is there also an /st/
> metathesis?
> Herb
> On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 5:47 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I thought “psaghetti” was a classic example of children learning English
>> violations of the sonority hierarchy (https://en.wikipedia.org/
>> wiki/Sonority_hierarchy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonority_hierarchy>),
>> but I don’t see any relevant hits on Google. BB
>>> On 23 Nov 2017, at 14:36, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>> When I was a wee lad in Brooklyn, I was prone to transposing consonants
>> in
>>> writing and speech (eg, psaghetti), which I always attributed to
>> dyslexia.
>>> On Nov 23, 2017 10:16 AM, "Neal Whitman" <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:
>>>> This reminds me of the “FAFSA metathesis” I remarked on last year
>>>> (“fasfa”). Or maybe it’s just because it’s time to do another one for my
>>>> son. :(
>>>> Neal
>>>>> On Nov 22, 2017, at 7:43 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> And as I may have mentioned when we were ensconced in that thread, a
>>>> number of contributors to my cancer list are under the impression that
>> the
>>>> procedure we go in for periodically is the dreaded “biospy”.
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