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Re: R: Re: What is gemination? What are geminates?

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 16:23
On Mon, Nov 06, 2000 at 03:47:25PM +0100, Mangiat wrote:
> Kou wrote: > > From: "Kristian Jensen" > > > Douglas has it correct. But I'd like to add that there is also a > > > terminological distinction between consonant sounds that occur when > > > two identical consonant sounds are next to each other across a syllable > > > boundary, and consonant sounds that are long but within the same > syllable. > > > The former is called a geminate, the latter is called a long or doubled > > > consonant.
I also didn't know there was a distinction.
> > I didn't know this. Does this mean the Japanese and Italian examples are > > long consonants and not geminates? Or does it mean that there are > languages > > (none of which I'm familiar with) where a hypothetical word like "ebb" is > > genuinely pronounced /Ebb/?
Arabic has words such as /kull/ "all," but I don't know how the /ll/ is pronounced phonetically. Anyone? :) -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo