Darwin-L Message Log 1:245 (September 1993)

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<1:245>From GA3704@SIUCVMB.SIU.EDU  Tue Sep 28 21:50:21 1993

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 93 21:49:06 CST
From: "Margaret E. Winters" <GA3704@SIUCVMB.SIU.EDU>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: directionality of change

In an article published in 1945, J. Kurylowicz talks about
prediction and language (specifically analogical) change.  He
comments that directions of change may be compared to various
paths which rain water may take - there are sewers, gutters,
pipes of various kinds, BUT, if it doesn't rain, they are
not used.  As Sally Thomason said, directionality statements
are reasonably rough predictors of paths (words for body parts
become prepositions ahead, at the back of, in front of...,
but not vice versa). But other factors in language (internal
gaps, contacts...) may or may not favor the change in question.

           Margaret Winters

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