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Hi!

Mark J. Reed writes:
> On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 12:29 PM, Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hiatus is a fourth declension noun
>> in Latin.  Its English plural is _hiatuses_.
>> (why not hiatus-hiatus when series-series?)

Of course, it was a reference to a recent thread, not meant to be
correct Latin. :-)

>...
> And then there's "chassis", whose pronunciation changes in the plural
> even though the spelling doesn't...  gaaah.

I think it's the same in German.

And the adjective 'orange' is [?o:'RaNS] while the noun 'Orange' is
[?o:'RaNZ@].  The adjective has normal inflection, of course:

      die Orange ist orange   [di: ?o:'RaNZ@ ?Is(t) ?o:RaNS]
      the orange is orange

but   die orange Orange       [di: ?o:'RaNZ@ ?o:'RaNZ@]
      the orange orange

In the second line, there's the normal -e inflection on the adjective
(attributive use) which is missing in the first line (predicative
use). Just as with 'chassis', it is not visible in orthography, but is
normally applied in speech.

Languages are really fun.

   ...
   der   orangen Orange
   der   orangen Orangen
   die   orangen Orangen
   den   orangen Orangen
   eine  orange  Orange
   manch orange  Orange
   manch oranger Orange
   manch orangen Orangen
   ...

**Henrik