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From:Sylvia Sotomayor <sylvia1@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 2, 1999, 16:45
At 02:16 10/31/1999 -0600, you wrote:
>John Cowan wrote: > >> Tom Wier wrote: >> >> > Right -- in German, the allophones of /x/ are: >> > >> > [C] when following a front vowel, and >> > [x] when following a back vowel. >> >> Almost. The diminutive suffix "-chen" is always [C@n] no matter what >> precedes it, so there is a possible minimal pair: >> >> kuchen /kux@n/ 'cook (v.)' >> Kuhchen /kuC@n/ 'little cow' >> >> The question is whether anyone actually uses the word "Kuhchen". >>
Of course we do! If I had a pet cow, that is what I would call her. As it is, I call my pet cat "Kaetzelienileinichen" She just looks at me funny when I do, but she'd do that anyway. Sylvia ---------- Sylvia Sotomayor Academic Marketing Rep, Western Region, Penguin Putnam Inc. See for a list of new and forthcoming books. New Penguin Classics website at