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Re: CHAT: autological linguistics terms; faux amis

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 21, 2000, 15:58
On Sun, 19 Nov 2000, Eric Christopherson wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 17, 2000 at 12:37:45PM -0800, SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY wrote: > > > > On Fri, 17 Nov 2000, dirk elzinga wrote: > > > > > I used to have a list of these somewhere, but the only one I can > > > remember off hand is 'vowol hormony'. > > > > > > Here are some I just made up: rereduplication (or reduduplication), > > > inexpletivefixation, methatesis, gemminnation, syncpe. > > Actually, I read once that in English, expletives are only infixed before an > accented syllable; now, that seems to ring true, *almost*. It sounds awkward > to me to say or hear it infixed before an unstressed syllable, but I have > heard others do so, on occasion. I just wonder if the rule's changing, or if > it never solidified compeletely, or some other explanation for the > near-but-not-quite-universality of infixation only before stressed > syllables.
In 1982, John McCarthy published a paper on Expletive Infixation where he argues that the expletive is infixed before the rightmost foot. My example wasn't intended to mimic this pattern, but to be a morphologically transparent self-defining term. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga