LINGUIST List 11.688

Tue Mar 28 2000

Disc: Underlying Schwa?

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  1. James L. Fidelholtz, Re: 11.654, Disc: Underlying Schwa?

Message 1: Re: 11.654, Disc: Underlying Schwa?

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 19:01:52 -0600 (CST)
From: James L. Fidelholtz <>
Subject: Re: 11.654, Disc: Underlying Schwa?

On Thu, 23 Mar 2000 08:55:50 -0600 "Geoffrey S. Nathan" <>
<< It is not
abstractness per se that is unlikely, but rather abstractness that
only a linguistically-trained phonologist would be likely to posit. >>
and Mark Mandel observed that
<< to a certain degree we are a self-selected subset of the
population. >>
	In this vein, I am reminded of what Ted Lightner always used to
say, namely, that for many alternations, not everybody is aware of them,
even on an implicit level. Rather, these alternations are real only for
"the more intelligent among us". (I always assumed he meant lingusts,
but sometimes the discussions on the list--even occasionally my
own--make me wonder.)

James L. Fidelholtz			e-mail:
Posgrado en Ciencias del Lenguaje	tel.: +(52-2)229-5500 x5705
Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades	fax: +(01-2) 229-5681
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