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Your Language and My Word

by Expugnator

Have you always been wondering how many multiple meanings a simple letter like ‘a’ or a small syllable like ‘do’ may have with in all those languages written with a Latin alphabet? This section will fuel your curiosity…

Let us start from the very beginning: the letter ‘a’. We all know it corresponds to the indefinite article in English, but it is a definite article in Hungarian, for instance, and it is mostly a preposition in the Romance languages. Those are the few meanings we could think of. We wonder how many meanings this small letter may have throughout this Universe of languages!

Do you know other languages in which the simple letter A has a meaning as a word? Mail us (bb@unilang.org) or post at the Babel Babble Forum. Your contributions will be published in the next issue.

The letter A as a word

Catalan:
preposition (to)
English:
indefinite article
French:
verb (avoir=to have, 3rd sing present)
Hungarian:
definite article
Italian:
preposition (to)
Luxembourgish:
conjunction (and)
Polish:
conjunction (but, and)
Portuguese:
article (definite and feminine)
preposition (to)
pronoun (her)
pronoun (the one, feminine)
Romanian:
infinitive particle (a fi = to be)
Spanish:
preposition (to)

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Originally published in Babel Babble