uniting two old threads... (p.s.)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 26 15:08:22 UTC 2006

At 11:01 AM -0400 5/26/06, Laurence Horn wrote:
>1)  What was it we were going to call the "Nabisco", "Gestapo",
>"Comintern" type formations, which are to syllables what acronyms are
>to letters?  Here's another one...
>2)  For those who fondly remember our "mullet" thread:  I just
>learned that the usual appellation for it in German is "Vokuhila",
>also sometimes spelled "VokuHila" or "VoKuHiLa" < vorne kurz hinter
>lang (= front short back long).  An obvious instance of...whatever
>the answer to the question (1) is.
OK, it's not quite initial syllables in this case, but more like
first CV.  Also, that should be "hinten", not "hinter".

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