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I ain't too sure what the plural of 'chassis' is, but have a feeling it 
isn't "chasses" to rhyme with "theses" (which I can't help reading as 
/Di;z@z/ i.e., more than one "these"). Thesis is greek, so takes a Gk 
plural, whereas chassis is French, and I assume that the noun is the same in 
both Sing. and Pl., with plurality evident in the verb form.
Mike
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From: "Tristan McLeay" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: Langmaker down since January?


> David J. Peterson wrote:
>> Plural of "thesis" is "theses".  So "chassis" would be "chasses".
>
> Hey wait, in possibly conservative RP unstressed i/e is [I] and -y is
> ... also [I], even when it's got inflexions after it. So "parted" and
> "partied" are homophones [pA:tId], yet "batted" and "battered" are not
> [b&tId] vs [b&t@d]. (I in Australian English distinguish [pa:4@d] and
> [pa:4id], but not batted/battered [b&4@d].)
>
> Now, I assume that "chassis" is [S&sI] in the singular and [S&sIz] in
> the plural. ... so, is thesis/theses are [s z] minimal pair, making them
> [Ti:sIs] and [Ti:sIz] ? or are theses/chassis(pl.) not really parallel
> for them?
>
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> Tristan.
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