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Re: German Spelling Reform (fwd)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 10, 1999, 1:37
Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...> wrote:

> It's not called a plural, though it's formed like it; it's called a > "tussenklank" (intermediate sound) though it's not meant to be > pronounced. What do you call a sound that isn't heard?
I don't know. A _koan_? You know, 'if a tree falls and there's nobody around...'. BTW, _tussenklank_ is a terrific word... I'm gonna steal it (in parts, probably). Spanish has the silent <h> everywhere, often in places where Latin (or the original language in any case) didn't have it. There's this terribly stupid rule that says that word-initial /w/ *must* be preceded by <h>, so _hueso_ and _=F3seo_ are from the same root (it begin with long /o:/ in Latin, diphthongized to /we/ in _hueso_, but kept like /o/ in the cultism _=F3seo_.) --Pablo Flores