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Query:   -ise vs. -ize
Author:  Zouhair Maalej
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   DEAR COLLEAGUES,

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR RESPONDING TO MY
QUERY (LINGUIST 9.1839) REGARDING THE SPELLING OF -ISE VS. -IZE:

CWHITELEY@TYCO.GEIS.COM
DICK_WATSON@SIL.ORG
GEOFFS@COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
ROGERS@CHASS.UTORONTO.CA
JCB@DCS.ED.AC.UK
LARRYT@COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
GCHARING@DIAL.PIPEX.COM
SIGLEY@IC.DAITO.AC.JP
DISTINCTION@COMPUSERVE.COM
YASU_WATANABE@HOTMAIL.COM
BRUTIAU@USC.ED

SUMMARY

THE MAILS I RECEIVED ABOUT -ISE VS. -IZE COULD BE ROUGHLY COLLAPSED
INTO TWO MAJOR CLASSES: IDEOLOGICAL AND ACADEMIC. IDEOLOGICAL
EXPLANATIONS HAVE CENTRED ON THE TWO PARTIES' (AMERICAN VS. BRITISH)
PERSISTENCE IN ADDOPTING DIFFERENT SYSTEMS AS A WAY OF DEMARCATING
THEMSELVES VIS-A-VIS ONE ANOTHER (EVEN THOUGH THIS IS RATHER IMPLICIT
IN THE WAY MY INFORMANTS RESPONDED). ACADEMIC EXPLANATIONS, ON THE
OTHER HAND, HAVE FOCUSED ON ETYMOLOGY (FRENCH VS. GREEK), TRADITION
(OUP VS. CUP), AND NEWSPAPERS CORPORA (BRE-NZE-AUSTRALIANE).

COLIN WHITELEY (SPAIN), VINCENT JENKINS (UK), AND GABY CHARING
MAINTAIN THAT THE -ISE IS THE STANDARD SPELLING FORM IN THE UK, EVEN
THOUGH THE OED SUGGESTED THAT PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS FOR SOME
LEXICAL ITEMS.

DICK WATSON, AN AMERICAN WHO HAS WORKED IN SUDAN AND EAST AFRICA,
POINTED TO THE AMERICANS' INCONSISTENT SPELLING (

LL Issue: 10.93
Date Posted: 20-Jan-1999
Original Query: Read original query