do you ever struggle to remember a word and be like, ‘it was something with /m/-...’

for me it's never anything in the middle, and it's never initial syllable. it's onset consonant, and a vague sense of length.

indexing words by consonant is curious to me when phonemic division is so unintuitive and artificial (in all of human history, a phonemic alphabet was only invented once, and the conditions had to be just right too; in contrast to syllables which are cognitively salient).


it doesn't escape me that this is how we order written alphabetic words. perhaps internalising an alphabet has repercussions on the mental organisation of the lexicon, or at least on how we intuitively segment words (I know Japanese writing has effects on language cognition, Terry Joyce has some cool results re: this topic).

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