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Re: vowels: are they necessary?

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Sunday, December 12, 2004, 9:45
Rene Uittenbogaard wrote:

> IIRC, the extra |o| only appears before certain consonant > clusters, most notably |vs-| and |mn-|:
True. Also before some polyconsonantal clusters: |vo zdraviye| 'for health' |so skrezhetom| 'with gritting'. OTOH, |v strakhe| 'in fear'.
> If a word happens to start with the same consonant as the > preposition, then that alone is not reason enough to add |o|. > To make a distinction, I believe that the consonant is > pronounced long. > > v voskresen'ye "on Sunday" pronounced as [v:]- > v vodu "into the water" > s sestroy "with the sister" pronounced as [s:]- > k kafe "towards the cafe" pronounced as [k:]- ?
Yes, that's true too. ---------- Stephen Mulraney wrote:
> Yes. Actually, I suppose that I could have answered that probably > nothing happens in the case of /s zdra-/, but I thought I'd answer > the implied wider question.
I'm afraid v ~ vo alteration is a reflex of older state of the language, disappearing nowadays. Originally these words contained "yer". It would follow all the rules of yer falling, disappearing in _# position, and giving /o/ in odd syllables (not sure I'm clear here - I never learnt History of Russian).
> The strange result > is that there are actually words which begin, orthographically, > with doubled consonants, and which I suppose are pronounced with > an initial geminate. I guess if they are further prefixed by a > preposition, nothing extra happens(?).
I guess you are right.
> _vvek_ 'never' > _vverjat'_ 'entrust'
You cannot add a preposition to an adverb or a verb ;)
> I think there is indeed a [k:] here. Well, it may not actually > be a geminate, but instead have a slight hiatus between two > [k]s? Hmm, aren't there any native Russian speakers around at > the moment? It's not as if we're talking about an obscure lang :).
Here I am ;) No, the this no hiatus. It's a plain geminate. -- Yitzik