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Re: Japanese Long Consonants

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Sunday, November 7, 2004, 20:07
Chris Bates wrote:

> Okay. At the moment.... the structure of each syllable is: > > (C)V(C) > > So a word is like: > > (C)V(C)(C)V(C)..... > > Sorry... I'm not sure how to write it, but I was using brackets to show > that something is optional.
The parens are correct. The
> consonants that can occur in coda position are limited though: mostly > fricatives, nasals, l, r and (under the current system) the glottal > stop. I'm not sure how realistic it is allow a glottal stop as a coda > consonant but not any other stops, especially since the glottal stop > can't occur as an initial consonant (it's always coda)....
Quite reasonable and realistic IMO. The Indo. langs. I worked with allow only nasal and /?/ as codas. (But a word like **du?en is not possible, I assume.) Medial clusters of ?+C could arise from earlier C1+C2, which is indeed one of the sources of the clusters in Bugis/Makassarese et al. (snip remaining details-- very well done, and entirely possible)