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-chan [was Re: Is "ma" Proto-World?]

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Thursday, January 23, 2003, 6:35
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Josh Roth wrote: > >>I don't know what comes first, but since when do we derive our words from >>babies' babbling anyway? > > > We sometimes "borrow" children's words into our languages. For example, > in Japanese, -chan, a childish pronunciation of -san, has become part of > the standard language as an affix indicating affection.
Technically, "-chan" is a diminuitive suffix. It can indicate affection, but does not necessarily. It can be insulting.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>