Query on the term *mistri*

Robert J. Zydenbos zydenbos at BLR.VSNL.NET.IN
Sat Feb 28 11:00:02 UTC 1998

On Fri, 27 Feb 1998, Peter J. Claus wrote:

> Is it mEstrI  or mE.s.trI  (ie. retroflex 's' and 't')  and if not, why
> not?
Exactly: because it is from the Portuguese and not from the English word.
Had the original word been English, we would most probably have seen a
retorflex 't', as is usual in such borrowings.


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