The objective and abjective failure of the “morphome” and the general lack of uptake of other -omes has led many modern pundits to denounce and decry all such concepts as “worthless” (Beaughuss, 1994), “barren” (Sterrill, 2003), “futile” (Veign, 2011), “unproductive” (Yuce-
Older studies viewed the lexome in friendlier terms, especially the rather colourful work of Wood & Spuin (1956). Of course, all such literature has long since been confined to locked shelves of obscure libraries in remote, rainy locations, due mostly to the possibility of embarrassment to emeritus English Linguistics faculty, who would never again look at a wooden spoon the same way.
While we sought to examine this effect among subjects identified, come who may, in southern France, we had the misfortune of going up against four anthropology projects by former advisees of the members of the funding committee and were given the choice of Papua New Guinea or Papu’s New Guinea Fowl Farm in central Kentucky, whose glories and treasures all of us had fully glutted ourselves on in field trips in 5th grade. Thus, after a 104-
During the process of setting up our research base in Papua New Guinea to house our pool of proto-
After the wugs were herded, using the method above, the experimental stage began with the selection of proto-
All three proto-
Set AquʼDelghIʼ (“destroyer”)ghentalghIʼ (“manipulator”)ʼaDorabʼelghIʼ (“skull-
crusher”)qutʼInSweʼetlhghIʼ (“honor- restorer”)qutʼInquʼDelghIʼ (“honor- destroyer”)Set BwImpeyʼ (“knife”)meeq (“fork”)punʼeyʼ (“spoon”)Dumdum (“spork”)ʼughleyʼ (“marrow scoop”)
After the re-examination of the utterances of native speakers, it was realised that their intuitions were garbage, allowing us to present the most important results of our complex method below.
U-rate % Wugs (of) Highish Wugs (by) Ditto Emeritus English linguistic faculty Quite High
As the table shows, wug utterance rate (both of and by wugs) was higher than predicated at “Highish” while emeritus English linguistic faculty utterance rate was in line with predictions (margin of error equal to or less than 34 Pearson-
Researchers attempting to replicate these conclusions are urged to work quickly if feeding live gagh to wugs, as this turns out to be strongly detrimental to the longevity of the latter (though a cost-
As well as the aforementioned results on the utterances of wugs and emeritus English linguistics faculty, this paper also critically examined a new hypothesis on the formation of lexomic clitics by native speakers of proto-
Further work will be needed to understand the process of lexomic formation under typical constraints.
* Excluding the members left at the airport to take receipt of our luggage, which took another 472 hours.
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