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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.