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Is "ma" Proto-World? (Re: Re: Comparison ofphilosophicallanguages)

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Friday, January 24, 2003, 6:36
Tim May wrote:
> I know the Japanese _think_ children mispronounce [s] as [tS], but is > this really true? How likely is it on a phonetic level? I mean, > there are a lot more languages with /s/ than with a phoneme /tS/, > which would suggest to me that it's unlikely as a childish > mispronunciation.
Well, as I understand it, in Old Japanese, /s/ was /ts/, so presumably -chan originated back then, a /ts/ -> /tS/ seems a plausible childish pronunciation. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Tim May <butsuri@...>