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Re: USAGE: German 'be' (was: Re: Person distinctions in languages?{

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 13:13
On 4 Feb 2005, at 11.49 pm, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Incidentally, the 'r' of _warst_ is often lost pronunciation; I say > [va:st] in > informal speech. It would be nifty if this were sound-change undoing an > analogical intrusion!
Well, I'm not sure how the ME '(salt) saler' was pronounced, but apparently it was changed into '(salt) cellar'. If 'saler' was pronounced with a short A, then 'cellar' and 'saler' would both be pronounced /s&l@/ in Melbourne, so it's a similar idea, with an unnatural form and a hypothetical natural form ending up the same. OTOH, if I understand the definition of 'salt cellar' correctly, I actually call them either 'salt shakers' or 'salt pigs'. I have *no* idea how they came to be called salt pigs, but that's what Mum calls it, so that's what I call it. -- Tristan.