Another initial "vl"

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Dec 28 12:02:00 UTC 2007

I think "vktbe" is  bisyllabic (vkt-be) with a /v/ nucleus; if so,
"vktb" does not qualify as a cluster. I'll check my Georgian

This assumes that by "clusters" we mean groups of sounds in an onset
or coda, not bunches of consonants that cross syllable boundaries.


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>>I think I'll start a Polish restaurant and call it "Fog" (in Polish
>>of course) just so y'all can say that you've spotted a /mgw/ onset
>>cluster in English.
>Why go halfway? Specialize in Georgian cuisine. "Tbilisi" is tame for
>Georgian; "tskhendze" is just par for the course; I remember a
>Georgian lullaby that included the word "vktbe" (that wouldn't put me
>to sleep!). Call your restaurant _that_! (And yet somehow I have a
>feeling Anglophones wouldn't realize it with the hoped-for [vktb]
>James Harbeck.
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