LINGUIST List 15.3550

Tue Dec 21 2004

Qs: Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'; Vowel Length

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        1.    Boyan Nikolaev, Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'
        2.    Gosia Dymnicka, Vowel Length

Message 1: Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'

Date: 19-Dec-2004
From: Boyan Nikolaev <>
Subject: Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'

I am working on an article about neologisms.
 The word BIKINI, I think, was misinterpreted in 1946 as being Latin and
 consisting of bi- (=two) + something unclear. So, in time it dropped its
 bi- and became MONOKINI, even TANKKINI.
 Could anyone tell me what the real Polynesian (Marshallese) word means and
 help me explain it not considering the Latin bi-?
 Boyan Nikolaev 
 Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Message 2: Vowel Length

Date: 19-Dec-2004
From: Gosia Dymnicka <>
Subject: Vowel Length


I am a Polish student of the English language and I am  interested in the
topic of vowel length especially the Scottish Vowel Length phenomena.
I would like to write my M.A project about the vowel length in Scottish and
to compare it with other languages. Could you give me some necessery
information on the subject? Maybe some links to articles on the Internet or
direct to me to the people specializing on the topic?

Thank you in advance.

Hope to hear from you


Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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