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  • "Linguisics often involves finding and explaining patterns in languages, even if speakers of languages aren't consciously aware of the patterns. Yesterday while reading Robert Sheckley's short story "Protection", I noticed such a pattern in English. In the story, Sheckley (the same author who wrote "Shall We Have a Little Talk?") makes up a bunch of nonsense words to represent words in an alien language. One of them is feeg, and it immediately struck me as odd-sounding. Is feeg a phonetically possible English word?"

    September 19, 2007