Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 13 16:54:40 UTC 2007

At 12:09 PM -0400 9/13/07, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 9/13/2007 09:17 AM, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>Betcha can't get four. Even English speakers have /str/ (although
>>admittedly not /mst/).
>The OED tells me English has many /mst/ -- e.g. circumstance.  And
>how about 5?  arm-strong.
>And -- at least in transliteration -- doesn't Russian have
>/shch/?  (Which probably doesn't count as four consonants phonetically.)
>When I attempted to audit an elementary Russian course in graduate
>school, one of the first pronunciation exercises included (something
>like) v'Krimu (in the Crimea?).  I gave up.

Isn't the greeting for 'hello' in Russian something along the lines
of zdravstvytye?  I took elementary Russian at 8:00 a.m. as an
undergraduate, so I may have slept through the vowels.


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