Re: USAGE: THEORY/USAGE: irregular English plurals (was: RE: [CONLANG]
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 24, 2002, 19:50|
At 3:24 am +0100 24/5/02, And Rosta wrote:
>> "Sheep" still seem to be safe. I hear "sheeps" or, more often, "sheepses"
>> when people are being deliberately facetious (but if And replied that he
>> heard people using "sheeps" in earnest, I'd not be surprised).
>Why would you not be surprised? Because I keep my ears open & grill
>my students on their lects? Or because I am a notorious perpetrator
>of perverse and baredly credible dicta? ;)
Both - but mainly the former, in fact.
Speech is _poiesis_ and human linguistic articulation
is centrally creative.