Hickory Dickory Dock
December 10, 2013 1:00 AM Subscribe
"We began the present study by asking, as some linguists have asked before us, why the ordering of certain conjoined elements is fixed
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." -Cooper and Ross, 1975 (pdf)
Siamese twins in linguistics
: examples are "here and there (and everywhere)" and "peas and carrots." Siamese twins are also known as "binomial freezes," "irreversible binomials," or "freezes," and they can change over time
, too. And that can lead to fossil words
! Speaking of fossil words, did you know about cranberry morphemes
There's also Behaghel's Law of Increasing Terms
; Panini's Law
on Ask Metafilter.
The Reddit thread that inspired this FPP starts: IGNORE EVERYBODY ELSE IN THIS THREAD. I AM REDDIT'S EXPERT IN THIS AREA, I KID YOU NOT. (Don't really ignore the other replies, they're just less informed. This is literally my specialized-as-hell area of research and I am PUMPED someone finally has questions about it!)
And in which there is a discussion of this happening also in music (but don't steal someone's book!), and also, briefly, uberpro meets uber_pro.