Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 17 15:05:59 UTC 2009

At 10:41 AM -0400 8/17/09, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM, Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at> wrote:
>>  At 12:14 PM +0200 8/17/09, Julia Achenbach wrote:
>>>At least in German. I am not too
>>>sure whether or not the same goes for English.
>>  It does for "deixis", "eidolon", and the other few <ei> words I can
>>  think of that have been imported into English.
>kaleidoscope, seismic, meiosis, oneiromancy, cheiromancy...
Right, and all /ai/s for me.  Note that "meiosis" and "myopia" are
pronounced with identical first diphthongs, which was certainly *not*
the case in Greek (or even in older English, pre-Great Vowel Shift,
assuming Chaucer, for example, had occasion to consult his


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