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Don Blaheta wrote:

> Aber nat=FCrlich!  When -chen is added (-lein too?  I forget), it front=
s
> the main vowel, i.e. umlauts it.  Thus "Katz" but "K=E4tzchen", "Mad" b=
ut
> "M=E4dchen", and presumably "Kuh" but "K=FChchen".

Often but not always.  Anyway, if so, that ruins the supposed perfect
minimal pair kuchen/Kuhchen.

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