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VETERAN JOURNALIST Seth Lipsky has written a r loving tribute to the American Constitution that aims to explain something of its exceptionalness to the nonprofessional.
While the notion of exceptionalness sound change was a highly productive assumption for historical linguistics, it is by now generally accepted, Lass (1997) points out, that changes take time and may be lexically as well as socially conditioned.
Yet Dolan provides us little more than her assertion that Protestant writers were more misogynistic than Catholics; at the same time, the obvious exceptionalness of Mary and the queen makes it difficult for us to envision what kind of "possibility" these two figures created for other women.