Re: the Most Consonants in a row?
|From:||Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 15, 2005, 11:10|
Incidentally, this could be relevant to the post I just sent about
extra syllabic consonants. If the notion of syllable operates (if it
does operate in a particular context in a language) solely at the level
of phonology only rather than at the level of phonetics, then I don't
see that there's any problem in saying that a word doesn't have
syllables, or that some consonant isn't assigned to any syllable of a
word. This also brings up the question: is a human language with no
notion of syllable theoretically possible?
> Thus if Rodlox was asking how many (phonological) consonants there can
> be in any string of sounds, the answer is simply as many as you like.
> A more interesting question is how many contoids can be adjacent to
> one another. There is clearly a limit here.