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Daivd Peterson wrote:
>In a message dated 04/7/02 2:44:25 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
>
><< Now, as anybody investigated the possibility that it
>isn't the phones [i] and [a] that have these connotations, but the graphs
>{i} and {a}? Most linguistis are used to the Latin alphabet, in which {i}
>is
>undeniably smaller than {a}, and my gut feeling is that my association of
>[i] to smallness is at least partly orthographically motivated, but has
>anyone made a scientific study? >>
>
>     Wouldn't the Japanese examples counter this, since Japanese doesn't
>use
>Latin orthography?

It would - I wasn't aware of any Japanese examples. I assume that the kana
for sylllables containing /i/ aren't suspiciously small!

                                                Andreas

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