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Consonant clusters (was Citation forms of words, and the cynicism required to study Georgian)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 13:59
Ysgrifennodd Thomas R. Wier:
> > > We haven't gotten that far yet, but I believe that "gv-" and "m-" > > > are indirect object agreement markers on the verb. Don't know > > > how they work, though. > > > > They might be, and they might not. In that puzzle, they seemed to > > come out as pronominal prefixes, but that can't imply anything, for > > sure - they might be such markers for all what it's worth :-) > > > > I just meant how un-vocalic Georgian is! My languages (all that > > I've tried) seemed to tend to C(S)V(C) structure, I guess it just > > appeals to my lámatyávë :-) > > Yeah, that's certainly an odd feature about Georgian. My professor > likes to say that given the choice of making a consonant cluster of > two and one of, say, six consonants, the native Georgian speaker will > instinctively choose the latter, because, of course, that's much > easier to pronounce. :P
*gigglabyte* :-) (c) Czhang :-) The most extreme example in Georgian I've ever come across is "gwprckwnis" ((s)he peels us).
> (Somehow, the more extreme examples in English phonology -- "two > sixths [t_hu: sIksTs]" -- never seem to come up in these discussions.)
Indeed. The same word you cite is the one I try avoiding in English :-) In Russian, the longest consonant cluster I'm aware of consists of five consonants in a row: kontrprimer (counterexample). Hwyl, Pavel


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