Quoth John Cowan: > Sylvia Sotomayor wrote: > > >> The question is whether anyone actually uses the word "Kuhchen". > >=20 > > Of course we do! > > If I had a pet cow, that is what I would call her. >=20 > Sure. "-chen" is a productive suffix that can be added to any noun, > so "Kuhchen" is a valid word in principle. The question is whether > anyone has *actually* used it other than to construct this example. >=20 > I did an Alta Vista search, which turned up only one page, which > on investigation used "K=FChchen" /kyC@n/ anyhow. Aber nat=FCrlich! When -chen is added (-lein too? I forget), it fronts the main vowel, i.e. umlauts it. Thus "Katz" but "K=E4tzchen", "Mad" but "M=E4dchen", and presumably "Kuh" but "K=FChchen". --=20 -=3D-Don [log in to unmask]<http://www.cs.brown.edu/= ~dpb/>-=3D- Okay, who stopped the payment on my reality check?