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Re: the Most Consonants in a row?

From:轡虫 (kutsuwamushi) <snapping.dragon@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 17:57
On 9/14/05, Rodlox R <rodlox@...> wrote:

> What's the most consonants that can neighbor one another?
Is there even a rule? If so, I'd be really interested to hear it. It seems to me (non-linguist) that there's nothing preventing an absurd number of consonants occuring in a row. Mithun's _The Languages of Native North America_ has an example of a Bella Coola word with eleven consonants and no vowels. What would prevent twelve? Or fifteen? (I would copy the transcription but I don't know how to convert some parts into X-SAMPA. If you're interested, maybe someone else can do it for you; it's on page 22, under "Syllable Structure".) -- Kate Sherwood


Rodlox R <rodlox@...>