-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.