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Re: Multiple forms possible in morphology

From:Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Date:Saturday, February 10, 2007, 18:24
On Sat, Feb 10, 2007 at 04:08:00PM +0100, Philip Newton wrote:

> Do any of you have words which have more than one permissible form? > Differing, perhaps, in formality or style, with one being a bit more > stilted, or seeming a bit archaic? > > Is one merely a phonetic simplification of the other? Or is one, > perhaps, an older form which is still considered acceptable, if a bit > old-fashioned? (For example, I read that in Latin, some words could > also be declined as in Old Latin, e.g. nom -os, acc -om, if desired.)
Does it count if I reworked things early on and then declared the old forms "archaic"? No, probably not... my diachronic linguistics was pretty bad at age fifteen... Amanda