Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 14 01:00:28 UTC 2007

I ain't counting crossing syllable boundaries.

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>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.
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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Michigan State University
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