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Optimum number of symbols,though mostly talking about french now

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2002, 21:02
"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?
> 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. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>