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Re: the Most Consonants in a row?

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Saturday, September 17, 2005, 15:48
>But cannot voiceless fricatives also act as syllabic nuclei? The nucleus of >the exclamation 'pst!' is surely [s].
I pronounce the final and initial s's in several English words quite syllabic, if the previous (or following) words end (begins) with a stop or another voiced fricative. Eg "fifths split" would be /'fIf.Ts:.'plIt/ ---
>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.
I just spent a few minutes thinking up the phrase "first her Persian sturgeons burnt nerds' murmurer turtles", which would have 34 consecutive consonants in some English dialects :) --- In, Chris Bates wrote:
>Incidentally, any conlangs which rival or surpass Nuxalk (Bella Coola)? >Just looking at the examples make me want to wander off and do my best to >beat it, but I really think I'd find it difficult to speak, and I'd like to >be able to speak my conlangs. :)
I still have sketches of a few languages which consist entirely of unvoiced consonants (I'm purposefully delaying work on them because there's still much I need to learn, and I'd like these two to be as "good" as possible). Neither can really be syllabificated in any meaningful way. :) Just my 0,02 monetary units. John Vertical


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