Re: interesting SIL-document

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Wed Feb 04 2004 - 08:07:08 EST

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    On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 11:12:41 +0000, Michael Everson wrote:
    > At 02:50 -0800 2004-02-04, Peter Kirk wrote:
    > >As for Birmingham, I like the idea of analysing
    > >it as a monosyllable [b?mm] although I would
    > >tend to think of the eng and the second m as
    > >syllabic, but there is then a near minimal pair
    > >with the interjection [mhm] meaning "no".
    > [mhm] is a positive for me. It is [m?m] which is negative.

    Hmm, my 2 1/2 year old dauhter is going through a stage of saying "mm mm"
    (rising tone on first syllable) for "yes" and "mm mm" (falling tone on first
    syllable) for "no", which is a very subtle distinction, especially as in
    Mandarin Chinese "m" rising tone is an interrogative grunt and "m" falling tone
    is an affirmaive grunt.


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