LINGUIST List 9.438

Sun Mar 22 1998

Sum: "-mt" in English

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Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 01:55:46 -0800 (PST)
From: alan harris <vcspc005email.csun.edu>
Subject: -mt

It seems that orthographically the only word in English to end in '-mt'
is "(un)dreamt." Perhaps the "missing" '-p- was a scriptural error, but 
more likely it was the seemingly productive spelling rule that added '-t' to 
the base form to get the past participle (if you will permit a little 
prescriptive gibberish). All other forms, according to all persons who 
responded, are abbrev.'s. . .cheers, ach
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