Re: OT: Justifying a stress pattern (plus OT: joke last name templates)
|From:||T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 31, 2007, 11:33|
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> Yes, but "Mac Robertson" where "Mac" is someone's given (nick)name is
> not at all the same as some alleged surname "MacRobertson", even when
> spelled in a similarly spaceless manner.
Well yes, I wasn't saying it is. But if you don't know where it comes
from, given it's always spelt as a single word, it just looks like a
single surname, "MacRobertson". It's somewhat like your not-counting
"McPherson" example, except because "Robert" is a common name it's more
tempting to misinterpret it.