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USAGE: WOMYN (was: RE: [CONLANG] Optimum number of symbols,though mostly talking about french now

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2002, 21:12
And Rosta wrote:
> "man" and "woman" are unique in pluralizing "men", "women", so the > resemblance is morphological as well as phonological. Indeed, for > this reason it is tempting to analyse "woman" as cranberry morph > "wo-" + morpheme "man".
Except "woman" does *not* include the word "man" in it, at least in my dialect. Maybe in others, I don't know. At most, you could analyze "woman" as consisting of *"wo" plus "-man" (/m@n/), which has only an orthographic resemblance to "man" (/m&n/), altho both share the same plural /mIn/ (or /mEn/ in dialects that don't collapse /I/ and /E/ before nasals) -- "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


And Rosta <a-rosta@...>