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Maybe a naive question...

From:Harald Stoiber <hstoiber@...>
Date:Saturday, October 12, 2002, 19:09
A wonderful evening to you all!
(whenever the next evening may take place in your timezone *gg*)

The past few days I was wondering about how the mechanisms work that separate
words from each other in continuously flowing speech. Having developped a
written language I now search for a spoken one.

When a trailing vowel and a leading consonant are adjacent across two words, then
how would the distinction between those words occur in flowing speech? The
following hypothetical example may demonstrate this:

ne vani

In case longer words receive stress on the next-to-last syllable then how would
"nevani" sound different from "ne vani"? That's what puzzles me. There are a
lot languages which stress the next-to-last syllable... any hints anybody?

Cheers and all the best,


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>