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Re: USAGE: intrusive "r" [was Re: (Offlist) Re: ASCII IPA]

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 5:36
On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 23:11:39 -0500 "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>
> Quoting "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>: > > So, in both cases, South Dakotan _idear_ and Texan _cuss_, it > seems > > the odd addition or lack of rhoticness is defined in the UR.
> I forgot to add that _cuss_ is a separate lexical entry > from _curse_. The distinction is whether you're invoking > the supernatural or not: with the former, you aren't, with > the latter, you are. > Thomas Wier
- Not necessarily, at least from my experience. I never remember hearing "cuss" in a natural, 'living language' context when i was growing up, and i still hardly ever hear it except from people who speak a substantially different dialect of English from mine. We always distinguished between "mummy's curse" (your latter) and "curse word" (=cuss, your fomer), sort of like the way that people who have a /E/~/I/ merger distinguish between "safety pin" and "fountain pen". -Stephen (Steg) "And indeed the most ancient songs of the Elves, of which echoes are remembered still in the West, tell of the shadow-shapes that walked in the hills above Cuivienen, or would pass suddenly over the stars; and of the dark Rider upon his wild horse that pursued those that wandered to take them and devour them." ~ JRR Tolkien's _The Silmarillion_ |i uhmzu-dasyem sha'athram-a sudraflepm-a dhum-a "taorei sparofoineiwa" - aurdzaasht-a tza'foineim oolu-trorip...| (and they named those dark places "tauree spaaroophuineewaa" - the forest of hunting shadows...)


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>