Re: [tied] Clusters
From: Richard Wordingham
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> > Do the heavy initial
> > clusters of Polish include
> > (predictable) silent vowels?
> > notion is inspired by some
> > in Piotr's paper on
> > plosives.
> They are analysed as involving
silent vowels by proponents of
Government Phonology -- but this is
that school's routine treatment of
funny clusters in _any_ language.
Anyway, it's an abstract
phonological analysis. There are no
surface vowels there, and the native
speaker's judgement is that words
like <mdlec'> 'faint', <rdest>
'knotweed' or <krtan'> 'larynx' are
monosyllabic (they also function as
such in poetry).
Whereas I am certain that /ptklli/
is polysyllabic. Perhaps the vowels
are better described as zero-length
than silent. - Richard.