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USAGE: f/v alternations (was: Re: derivation question)

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Friday, March 26, 1999, 21:17
Nik Taylor wrote:

> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > > I also found: > > M-W: scarfs, English-Danish dict: scarfs, also scarves. > > M-W: roofs, /-fs/ or /-vz/ > > M-W: leaves, also leafs > > Interesting, I've never heard "roofs" with /vz/ or "leafs", except in > the name of the Canadian hockey team "The Maple Leafs".
I actually find it a little difficult to tell what I use most of the time, as many of these words we've listed are not necessarily ones that are used commonly in *both* singular and plural (e.g., I don't use "roof" in the plural too much). Moreover, the f/v alternation is common enough in my dialect that it could have become a productive system long after the original rule of intervocalic voicing disappeared. ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." There's nothing particularly wrong with the proletariat. It's the hamburgers of the proletariat that I have a problem with. - Alfred Wallace ========================================================