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OT: Georgian syllable structure [was Re: sorta OT: cases, please help...]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, December 7, 2001, 18:17
Quoting David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>:

> In a message dated 12/6/01 9:43:09 PM, trwier@MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU > writes: > > << gvprckvnis = "He is fleecing" >> > > So that /r/ isn't considered syllabic? I'm trying to pronounce it > and coming up with the accent coming between the /r/ and the /c/, or > maybe right on the /c/. Does that sound right?
That's the question. I can't answer that for sure, because I don't have native speaker's intuition about that. Georgian has a lot of words where consonants that would in other languages get another syllable form part of the onset instead. For example, the word <mta> 'mountain' is not [m=ta]; the [m] is devoiced and sounds almost like an [f] (which is what you'd expect a voiceless [m] to sound like). ===================================================================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <http://home.uchicago.edu/~trwier> "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers