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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. >


Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>