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Hi!

John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> David Peterson wrote:
>
>  > But really, now, are there any minimal pairs between /Y/ and /I/?
>
> Sure.  In German, "gilt" /gIlt/ = "applies" vs. "gueltig" /gYltiC/ =
> "valid, legal, in force".  Well, near enough.  I'm sure there are
> better examples.

Or a real minimal pair:
   `mindern' ["mInd6n] = `to make smaller' vs.
   `Mündern' ["mYnd6n] = `to the mouths' (dat.pl. of `mouth').

**Henrik