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Re: [QUESTION] Initial Geminants

From:Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>
Date:Monday, June 10, 2002, 4:40
On Wed, 2002-06-05 at 10:13, John Cowan wrote:
> Y.Penzev scripsit: > > > In all my rich collection of data about different > > natlangs I can not find a natlang that permits initial geminants. Have any > > of you ever heard about any natlang that has such feature? > > Southern Italian dialects geminate almost every initial consonant, > except (I think) l m n r.
I think there's a word 'mmerde'. I realise it's not the sort of word you mention in good company, but it's proof I know that the rule isn't entirely correct. And I learnt it from _The Leopard_ which I read earlier this year, you may remember a post asking what it meant. Tristan.