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Re: OT: Justifying a stress pattern (plus OT: joke last name templates)

From:Paul Roser <pkroser@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 17:22
On Mon, 31 Dec 2007 22:29:08 +1100, T. A. McLeay <conlang@...> wrote:

>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.
I believe that the name McPherson is not a double patronymic, but derives from the clerical term Parson. -Bfowol