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Re: sound change

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Saturday, May 12, 2001, 10:53
> Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 10:38:43 +0200 > From: BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
> At 18:50 2001-05-08 +0000, Raymond Brown wrote: > >At 2:04 pm -0400 7/5/01, John Cowan wrote: > > >In short:
> > > Sound change operates regularly to produce irregularities; > > > Analogy operates irregularly to produce regularities.
> >Very nicely put!
> >Is it original Cowan? If so, can I quote it (with acknowledgment of > >course)?
> It should be put into every historical linguistics textbook!
Of course. And our hero has it: Trask, _Historical Linguistics_, 1996, middle of page 108. He refers to it as Sturtevant's Paradox, and dates it back to the late XIX in the form: Sound change is regular, but produces irregularity; analogy is irregular, but produces regularity. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)