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13 Juni 2008 @ 18:38
What Mama don't allow, linguistically speaking  

Mama don't allow no back-formation round here.
No, Mama don't allow no back-formation round here.
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow;
Gonna back-formate anyhow.
Mama don't allow no back-formation round here.

Mama don't allow no aphæresis around here.1
No, Mama don't allow no aphæresis around here.
Well, we don't care what Mama don't 'llow;
Gonna do 'phæresis anyhow.
Mama don't allow no aphæresis round here.

Mama don't allow no talkin' in Latin round here.
No, Mama don't allow no fancy-pants Latin round here.
Well, Mama can catch us in flagrante;
Gonna talk Latin non obstante.
Mama don't allow no talkin' in Latin round here.

Mama don't allow no pseudo-cleftin' round here.
No, Mama don't allow no pseudo-cleftin' round here.
Well, we don't care what what Mama don't allow is;
Gonna form pseudo-clefts for hours and hours.2
Mama don't allow no pseudo-cleftin' round here.


1. Aphesis might be a more exact term for the process illustrated in this stanza, but unfortunately it has initial stress, and thus cannot be applied to itself.

2. A non-rhotic accent is presupposed.


Note: Mama would strongly disapprove of posting comments that propose additional verses. (Hint, hint.)

 
 
 
Meredith L. Pattersonmaradydd on 14. Juni, 2008 02:36 (UTC)
Mama don't allow no heavy NP shift 'round here.
No, Mama don't allow no heavy NP shift 'round here.
Well, we don't care what Mama got planned,
We'll give to the world all the heavy NP shifts they can stand.
Mama don't allow no heavy NP shift 'round here.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 03:17 (UTC)

Yes!

Q. Pheevr: Bassq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 03:20 (UTC)

Mama don't allow no passive voice round here.
No, Mama don't allow no passive voice round here.
Well, we don't care what isn't allowed;
Passives are gonna be uttered aloud.
Mama don't allow no passive voice round here.



Edited at 2008-06-14 03:21 (UTC)
(Anonym) on 14. Juni, 2008 03:27 (UTC)
Simon Holloway
Mama don't allow no asyndetic clauses round here
No, Mama don't allow no asyndetic clauses round here
Well, we don't care if she go crazy
Gonna' write them, sing them, print them, baby
Mama don't allow no asyndetic clauses round here
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:25 (UTC)
Re: Simon Holloway

Very nice!

Lexica: ohh shinylexica510 on 14. Juni, 2008 03:51 (UTC)
I love my f-list. :-)
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:41 (UTC)

8-)

Prof. Bleen6_bleen_7 on 14. Juni, 2008 06:05 (UTC)
I'm way out of my league here, but I'll take a stab at it:

Mama don't allow no portmanteaux 'round here,
No, Mama don't allow no portmanteaux 'round here,
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow,
Gonna use those mimsy Frankenwords anyhow.
Mama don't allow no portmanteaux 'round here.
Vizcachachillyrodent on 14. Juni, 2008 14:38 (UTC)
Nice.
(gan ainm) - 6_bleen_7 on 14. Juni, 2008 16:11 (UTC) (Expand)
(gan ainm) - q_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:26 (UTC) (Expand)
samwibatt: happysamwibatt on 14. Juni, 2008 06:33 (UTC)
Mama don't allow no topicalization 'round here.
No, Mama don't allow no topicalization 'round here.
The things Mama don't allow, we disregard.
Topicalization, we'll push it, hard.
Mama don't allow no topicalization 'round here.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 21:27 (UTC)

Me, this stanza, I like it.

(Anonym) on 14. Juni, 2008 06:38 (UTC)
Simon Holloway
Mama don't like no enjambment round here
No, Mama don't like no enjambment round here
Well, we don't care what Mama says is
Wrong, we gonna' do just what is necess-
ary; she don't like enjambment round here

(Not so strong, I know. Oh well, it was worth another try)
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:27 (UTC)
Re: Simon Holloway

That says is/necess- rhyme is fun, though.

samwibattsamwibatt on 14. Juni, 2008 07:09 (UTC)
One more.

Mama don't allow no expletive infixin' round here.
No, Mama don't allow no expletive infixin' round here.
Well, we don't care what Mama don't allow
We'll in-goddam-fix things anyhow.
Mama don't allow no expletive infixin' round here.
Vizcachachillyrodent on 14. Juni, 2008 14:37 (UTC)
Fanfuckingtastic! I'm so glad to know it has a proper name.
(gan ainm) - q_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:28 (UTC) (Expand)
Tomgoliard on 14. Juni, 2008 12:07 (UTC)
Mama don't allow no double negatives round here -

(there seems no point in going on)
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:33 (UTC)

Mama also doesn't allow any non-standard agreement around here.

("I has idiosyncratic conjugation!")

Merle: lambdamerle_ on 14. Juni, 2008 14:49 (UTC)
*laugh* Excellent! My cultural upbringing is pedestrian enough that I cannot read this without thinking of the old mouse on Tom and Jerry singing this while stuttering, which in its own way is amusing.

Cranbo!
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 17:38 (UTC)

Thanks!

quantumkitty on 14. Juni, 2008 19:45 (UTC)
Mama don't allow no floating quantifiers round here.
No, Mama don't allow no floating quantifiers round here.
Well, the things Mama bans are all such fun,
We'll each float quantifiers till the day is done.
Mama don't allow no floating quantifiers round here.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 14. Juni, 2008 21:28 (UTC)

Oh, well floated!

(Deleted comment)
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 15. Juni, 2008 22:00 (UTC)
Re: This is tough for me.

You say it's tough, but that one sounds as if it just wrote itself....

(Anonym) on 15. Juni, 2008 08:15 (UTC)
Mama don't allow no synecdoche 'round here.
No, Mama don't allow no synecdoche 'round here.
Well, we don't care if she's wrong or right;
Those apron-strings are tied too tight.
Mama don't allow no synecdoche 'round here.

By Daniel at the memetic urging of Simon Holloway
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 15. Juni, 2008 22:02 (UTC)

Synecdoche is such a good trope that they almost named a city in New York after it.

Tomgoliard on 15. Juni, 2008 08:48 (UTC)
Mama don't allow none of that syllepsis around here.
No, mama don't allow none of that syllepsis around here.
Well, we're not giving in, a damn, or way,
Or up, or mama the time of day.
Mama don't allow none of that syllepsis around here.
Vizcachachillyrodent on 15. Juni, 2008 20:54 (UTC)
This is a thing of beauty.
(gan ainm) - q_pheevr on 15. Juni, 2008 22:04 (UTC) (Expand)
(gan ainm) - samwibatt on 16. Juni, 2008 00:35 (UTC) (Expand)
(gan ainm) - goliard on 19. Juni, 2008 08:10 (UTC) (Expand)
Vizcachachillyrodent on 15. Juni, 2008 20:46 (UTC)
Over my head, but I can't resist.

Mama don't allow no assonance around here.
No, Mama don't allow no assonance around here.
Her pure fury may be waiting,
But, we feel keen on assonating.
Mama don't allow no assonance around here.
samwibatt: happysamwibatt on 15. Juni, 2008 20:49 (UTC)
You are too cool, dude!
(gan ainm) - chillyrodent on 15. Juni, 2008 20:52 (UTC) (Expand)
(gan ainm) - q_pheevr on 15. Juni, 2008 22:05 (UTC) (Expand)