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Re: Optimum number of symbols,though mostly talking about french now

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2002, 21:31
Quoting Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>:

> "Thomas R. Wier" wrote: > > Yeah -- these people sound like the anglophone feminists who insist > > that the word "woman" should be spelled "womyn" because the Old English > > construction "wífmann" was sexist > > Didn't _mann_ mean simply "person" in Old English?
That is, IIRC, the case. This of course makes that particular feminist's position even less tenable.
> > despite the fact that synchronically > > for most modern speakers "woman" is monomorphemic, and bears only > > phonological remsemblance to "man". > > Not even that. Man is, at least for me, /m&n/ and woman is /wUm@n/. > I'd say it's only an orthographic resemblance. > > Interestingly, _women_ is /wImIn/, and since /I/ and /@/ are very > similar sounds in my dialect, the most salient distinction between the > two is in the *first* syllable, where there is no orthographic change.
For me too, as I stated in my other response. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers