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Re: rotokas; practical syllabarology; et alia

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 9:37
Mike Ellis wrote:
> ... where it says that the s sound only occurs before i!
Hmm ... sounds suspiciously like {s} is actually an allophone of /t/. That would explain why /s/ isn't usually listed as a phoneme.
> The 350 might have been a typo for "35".
:-) Well, for one thing, it specifically said that Hawaiian, at 182 syllables, had the fewest syllables. Secondly, that site does also say that vowels in Rotokas can be long, and (C)V(:) would work out to 70 (7*5*2). I'm wondering if some of the vowel sequences might not've been being counted as diphthongs?


Mark P. Line <mark@...>