Re: LONG: Latest Wenetaic Stuff
|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.
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