I was in Edinburgh at the end of last week, attending the 2nd Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology (and talking about Oscan, for a change). It was a really fun conference: big enough to have lots of interesting talks and posters, but small enough to go to everything, and to have a friendly feel. It was very stimulating to be among lots of people all worrying away about what causes sound change and how to model it. No doubt I’ll keep coming back to various aspects of what I learned, but for now I’m still reeling from the discovery, courtesy of Laurel Mackenzie’s talk on fricative voicing (pdf), that in American English the word blouse is pronounced with an /s/ at the end, not a /z/. Still, de camisiis non est disputandum, I suppose.