Modern English has something of the like where the inherited word <witch> is doubled by the loan from Old English <wicca>. The loan word is pronounced [“wIk@] though the OE would have been [“wit:SA]. Though ModE <witch> isn’t a direct descendent of OE <wicca> (which was the masculine form), it is directly descended from OE <wicce> [“wit:Se], the feminine form.




From: Philip Newton
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 11:09 AM

On 10/25/06, Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> There are even minimal pairs with one inherited

> Russian form and one ChS loan, with slightly different

> meanings.


> It is a bit like French having both _raison_ as

> inherited from Proto-Romance and _ration_ as a loan from

> Latin (both of course in turn borrowed into English, with

> _raison_ getting the Anglicized spelling _reason_).


Such pairs are interesting. I've seen examples for Spanish (IIRC

hongo/fungo, for example) and Greek, and it always seems nifty to me.


I wonder whether there are such pairs for German or other Germanic languages.


Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>