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Re: Common words for man & husband, woman & wife (was: Brothers-in-law)

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2006, 11:24
On 5/8/06, Peter Bleackley <Peter.Bleackley@...> wrote:
> None of this explains the Japanese familiar terms for parents, "chichi" > (daddy, my father), and "haha" (mummy, my mother). Even more confusingly, > "chichi" can also be a slang term for female breasts!
Well, AFAIK Japanese /h/ comes from earlier /p/ (via /p\/, I think), so that gives *"papa" for "mother" -- a bilabial stop, again, though a plosive rather than a nasal. Still, closer to the "universal" "mama" than the modern pronunciation "haha" is. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>