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Betreft: Re: Initial clusters, was: Re: Russian orthography

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 2, 2000, 8:38
>>> Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...> 02/01 7:42 >>>
On Tue, 1 Feb 2000 10:24:13 -0500, John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:
> Or, of course, Georgian: my favorite Georgian name is > "Mgrvgrvladje"
>In the neighboring Armenian names like Mkrtchyan are by no means >monosyllabic.
<snips> May I join in? For some time I have been obsessed by words with geat consonant- clusters. I have collected some that I 'll share with you. Sometimes I give lectures on Amerindian languages to Dutch and Spanish people and start with making them pronounce these words, thus indicating how different these languages are. Here they are: Sechelt (Salishan): q_0ls-stx_0_c^x_0 'you make him cook diner' (-stx_0 =causative) c'lp'-stx_0-c^x_0 'you make him pinch' c^=c hachek Heiltsuk sl-q' 'kind of fish' ('stokvis' in Dutch, I don't know the Engilsh equivalent) l- = barred l Bella Coola qqs 'eye' Klallam l-q'c^s^l-nát 'friday' ('fifth day') l-=barred l Also a nice sentence to pronounce: ?u? ?@y' ?u? cx_0 I don't know how the syllables are. In Sechelt I hear a schwa before the [l] Also nice because of the tones: Quiotepec Chinantec: m?1 'ant' m:23 'sandal' hm?3 'tomato' ?m:3m?4 'you (pl) pinch' m:42m?m24 'we (excl) pinch' I know that Serbokroat have syllabic /r/ too: crn 'black' Has anyone more examples of spectacular Zungenbrecher? Rob