What syllable can indicate a member
of a tribe, a member of a faction, and a denizen of a place?
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The syllable is the suffix
ite. For example, Israelite (tribe), Trotskyite (faction), and Vancouverite (denizen).
Not being english native speaker,
I'm not sure : but is "ite" really a syllable? If you had asked for a
"suffix" I might have found the answer! Never mind, I always enjoy the
j.recker at & wanan
Maybe the way to phrase this question is "What monosyllabic
Is there no other suffix which can convey the
same three meanings? For example - "ian" as in "Bohemian" (tribe), "Bostonian"
(denizen), or Darwinian (faction). Of course, "ian" is more than one syllable.
So how about "er" - New Yorker(denzien), Flat-earther (faction), um... trying
to think of a tribe here.
jib71 at yahoo.com
Good question, and hate to be picky about it, but "syllable" is not
le mot juste in this case and could lead the discerning MOOT player astray.
"Syllable" refers primarily to a phonological unit, not a
morpholological unit: to wit, Collins defines it as a "division of word as unit
for pronunciation." It's a good word to describe sound (or sound represented),
but not meaning.
[Mootguy: According to
Dictionary.com, the word syllable can be
defined as: "One or more letters or phonetic symbols written or printed to
approximate a spoken syllable."Can you suggest a juster mot juste
jacko at & lycos.com
Re: your reply. A "juster mot juste than 'syllable'" would be
"suffix," or, if you feel that gives it away, "affix." (I notice I wasn't
the only one confused by the question. Also, your Dictionary.com
definition of syllable also underlines the fact that the word
emphasizes sound (or sound trancribed) rather than meaning or morphology.)
[Mootguy: Please note that the second
definition of "syllable" in the Concise Oxford
Dictionary is: "a character or characters representing a syllable."
Thus, it seems to me that using the word "syllable"
with respect to written words is fairly common usage. But thanks for
the feedback. If I decide to put this question in the next edition of MooT,
I'll think long and hard about your criticism.
jacko at &mailcity.com
I had no trouble with this question. A suffix is simply a specific
type of sylable, is it not?
jmwtsn at & gmail.com
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