How many times you can change the first letter of a name and still have a name?

3 Mar
I have been working hard and am now in much need of a break. This assignment I’m working on makes my brain hurt. So much that for the past hour, I’ve been wandering from one butterfly to the other. I may as well blog, and then go back to the assignment.

The other day on TV there was a character which name I couldn’t quite make out. She was either a “Dina” or a “Tina”. That made me think how the suffix “ina” could fit with numerous consonants:

{d,f,g,h,l,m,n,p,r,t,,}ina

“Ina” is also an existing first name.

I’ve always been somewhat interested by language stuff. However not enough to know how it is called.

I remember as a teenager how I realised with wonder that “aude” was similar to “claude” and “maude” and how all of them could be transformed into “audine”, “claudine”, “maudine” and still sound nice.

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2 Responses to “How many times you can change the first letter of a name and still have a name?”

  1. Stephane Deschamps October 18, 2017 at 23:01 #

    > I’ve always been somewhat interested by language stuff. However not enough to know how it is called.

    The elements of form on the page are morphemes, the sound units are morphemes. Does it answer your question or were you looking for something particular?

  2. Stephane Deschamps October 18, 2017 at 23:02 #

    The elements of form on the page are morphemes, the sound units are *phonemes*.

    Sh*t, I should go to bed right now.

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