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Re: Love Those Double Vowels (was: Diving In...)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Thursday, November 8, 2001, 12:43
From: "Adam Walker" <dreamertwo@...>
>So there are several of them then. English *does* have minimal pairs for >/T/ and /D/. > >Thy / thigh >Thin / then >ether / either >with her / wither > >Now, admitedly, thy is archaic, the second one depends on dialect, and the >last one involves reduced speech, and even the third one probably doesn't >contrast in many dialects, but for my dialect I found 4 mp's in about 5 >mins.
The problem I understand exists with the pair "thy/thigh" is that it occurs across a morpheme boundary... The root is just [D] {th-} "second person singular archaic", and inflects to "thou", "thee", "thy", "thine". Because of this it can't be a minimal pair unless you have another word that starts with a {th-} [T] morpheme. (Same problem with "with her" and "wither", only but more so.) *Muke!


John Cowan <jcowan@...>English eth (was: Love Those Double Vowels)
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>