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CHAT: long sounds (was: Our opinions of what can be called 'winter')

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 10:38
On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 21:59:43 +0100, taliesin the storyteller
<taliesin-conlang@...> wrote:

>"Dyne" derives from norse "dúnn" [du:n:],
I'm surprised! I had read that Scandinavian tongues allowed either long vowel + short consonant or short vowel + long consonant, but not long vowel + long consonant!
>which then meant light, flimsy >fluffy stuff (the fill in the dyne) but which now only means "down" as >in eiderdown. > >> Perhaps the standard assumption is wrong and a Norwegian word somehow >> managed to sneak into Australian English. Which would be quite a feat, >> unless it was a Norwegian trademark. > >If the Germans got it from norse and you got it from the Germans...
According to the etymology Duden, both English _down_ (as in _eiderdowns_) and German _Daune_ are Scandinavian loans. gry@s: j. 'mach' wust


taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>