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Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 16:25:04 UTC 2006

>From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
>>From a professional explication for undergraduates of cultural-theory
>   "Phoneme... A phoneme is the smallest significant unit in language;
>thus, both 'a" and 'an' are phonemes, but 'n' is not."
>   --Ross C. Murfin, "Glossary of Theoretical and Critical Terms," in
>Daniel R. Schwarz, ed. _Joseph Conrad: The Secret Sharer...with
>Biographical and Historical Contexts...and Essays from Five Contemporary
>critical Perspectives_ (Boston: Bedford Books, 1997), p. 264.

Nice one.  Explication.  New word for me.  Except it appears to come
stepwise from logic, which is not what definitions are.

I like the definition of phoneme, but "an" would be two phonemes.  No?
Probably a typo.

>Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL4+
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