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On Sun, 4 Nov 2001, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Josh Roth wrote:
> > (I read something once about a similar thing happening in English, with words
> > like "little" "itty-bitty" "tiny" (originally pronounced with a front vowel)
> > "teeny" (brough back to a front vowel!)
>
> That's a common phenomenon across languages.  Another good example is
> Japanese "chibi" for "small".  It just *sounds* little.  :-)

Like Hungarian /pitsi/ and /kitSi/ for small, /nOd^j/ and /bOro:/ for
large.

---frank