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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. -- Tristan.