--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "Peter T. Daniels" <grammatim@...>
> I am thinking of K. Paramasivan (he made us call him K.P., and
even in
> his publications he never spelled out his first name), who called
> language "Yinglish" and was a friend to "yeveryone." He was the
> Tamil-speaker I knew (we started at Chicago at the same time), and
> subsequently heard the same phenomenon in other Tamil-speakers.

I had never noticed that but will look out for it now. I am no
phonologist but the pure vowel, any vowel, as initial syllable is
very common in written Tamil and Cree.

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> Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...