David Peterson wrote: >>> In the nominative, the Georgian word for sister is /da/. Whenever a case-ending that begins with a vowel is attached, though, that /a/ drops out. The full paradigm is: [snipped] <<< I'm sure it's not statistically particularly strange, but I find it amusing that the paradigm for 'sister' should include not only both 'debi' and 'debs', but also 'dad' and 'da', 'dis' and 'dat', and the less obvious but possibly semantically linked pairing of 'dam' and 'debit'. *clears throat and tries to look serious again* Jonathan. -- 'O dear white children casual as birds, Playing among the ruined languages...' Auden/Britten, 'Hymn to St. Cecilia'