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Re: Double minimal pairs

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 12:29
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On 9/2/08, J R <tanuef@...> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 5:29 AM, Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote: > >> I found an interesting coincidence as I was working on the Tirelat >> vocabulary: a pair of words that's a minimal pair in both English and >> Tirelat. >> >> żuki ['dzuki] "drain" (n.) >> žuki ['Zuki] "train" (i.e. railroad train) >> >> How likely is this in unrelated languages? Is it possible that when I went >> to come up with a word for "drain" that the older word for "train" came to >> mind? Or is it just one of those coincidences that's likely to come up >> with >> a large enough vocabulary? > > > Don't know about the mathematical probabilities, but I imagine it's very > possible that the older word came to mind. I've caught myself on a number of > occasions recreating a word that I had forgotten about, with the same or > nearly the same form. And sometimes, related words "accidentally" will have > similar forms. It may be because I remember some older words subconsciously, > or perhaps whatever associations made me choose the original form are still > active. > > >> 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. >> > > Josh Roth >
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