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Re: Which is simpler: /y/ or /iw/?

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 15:05
>"Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> wrote:
>And veering a tad OT, why is the word "simplification" instead of >*"simplication"? Seems like we have at least one lazy morpheme >tagging along for the ride and not doing anything useful...
>The obvious answer is that it's nominalized from "simplify" rather >than *"simplicate", but that's just begging the question. Why did >that verb get that form? Duplex, duplicate; triple, triplicate; >complex, complicate; simple(x), simplify. nuqjay'?
Perhaps it's because 'simplify' was brought into English from the French 'simplifier' (according to the AHD). The other words came to us directly from the Latin participles. Of course, I can't answer why the French used 'simplifier.' :-) Charlie


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>