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On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:18:13 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson
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>[log in to unmask] skrev:
> > A little more about -ic/-ical:
> >
> > http://david-crystal.blogspot.com/2007/04/on- problematical-
> > issue.html
> >
> > stevo </HTML>
>
>I actually had to look up _historic~historical_ and
>_politic~political_ and their Swedish definitions.
>Interestingly my dictionary points out that the adverb to
>_politic_ is _politicly_, so obviously the rule that
>adjectives in _-ic_ insert _-al-_ before _-ly-_ may be
>overridden in such a case, which begs the question why it
>should be continued at all!

That must have something to do with the fact that "politic" has stress on
the antepenult, not in the same place as "political", unlike (as far as I
see) any of the other -ic / -ical pairs.  

Alex