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Re: Double minimal pairs

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 5:37
Herman Miller:
Does anyone have examples of minimal pairs like this from their own
languages (which translate to minimal pairs in an unrelated
language)? Now I'll have to see if I've got any other examples of this.

I don't know of any from any of my languages off-hand--I'll
have to look--but a fascinating one that Nabokov came up
with for his fictional language Zemblan goes as follows:

korona = crown
korova = crow
borova = cow

Not quite the same phenomena, but interesting, nevertheless
(and something that only works in English.  I wonder what
happens when the book _Pale Fire_ is translated into other

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison