Ice tea and Robin Hood
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 24, 2004, 19:04|
Paul Bennett scripsit:
> I'd say it's verging on compoundhood, but it has the stress pattern of a
> full NP, and not a compound.
Indeed. These things can change, of course: "ice cream" has completely
displaced earlier "iced cream".
> See also the compund-like usage /'r\Abn=,hUd/
> instead of UK /'r\QbIn 'hUd/ for the name of the folk-hero "Robin Hood",
> which has bugged me from a very early age (before I even knew what a
> stress pattern was).
I think that's because "Robin" is not felt to be a name here; it's only
the 375th commonest male name in the U.S. (about 0.032% of the population
in 1990), so "Robin Hood" is naively interpreted as a nominal compound
"robin" + "hood".
(Source: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names )
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