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Re: Soleil

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, November 4, 2004, 15:24
caeruleancentaur scripsit:

> Thanks! That's been plaguing me for years. My next (rhetorical) > question is: Why would anyone want to make a diminutive > of "sun"? "What a cute little sun!" "Ear" I can understand!
Diminutives often survived in French because the plain roots would have been crushed completely by sound change: APEM for example would have surfaced as "ée", which would be unintelligible. ModF "abeille" is Occitan in form < APICULU(S); in rural dialects, "mouche-à-miel" is or was used instead. -- John Cowan O beautiful for patriot's dream that sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law! -- one of the verses not usually taught in U.S. schools