USAGE: WOMYN (was: RE: [CONLANG] Optimum number of symbols,
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 26, 2002, 2:34|
And Rosta scripsit:
> Indeed, for
> this reason it is tempting to analyse "woman" as cranberry morph
> "wo-" + morpheme "man". I reckon that is how most speakers perceive
> things too, and likewise for "male:female".
Indeed, for the latter there is solid phonological evidence that it
is fe+male. Its origin is OF femelle [fEmEl@] < FEMINA + dim., and it
surely would be pronounced [fEm@l] if English-speakers had not long ago
reinterpreted it as containing "male".
John Cowan <jcowan@...> http://www.reutershealth.com
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