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Query Details

Query Subject:   Spoken American English Corpus
Author:   B P H Lee
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology

Query:   Request for References Concerning Admissible Onsets in Russian and other
onset-heavy languages:

I am interested in obtaining information regarding admissible onset
types in Russian and other languages which allow for heavy
onsets. Information on English is plentiful, but I haven't been able
to locate information on any other languages. I was disappointed to
find that Comrie's _Languages of the World_ contains no information
regarding admissible onsets in the various languages covered, although
I suppose that would go beyond what is possible to cover in a
one-volume work. If someone could point me in the right direction,
I'd be very appreciative. Thanks,

David Harris david@las-inc.com
Language Analysis Systems Voice: (703) 834-6200 ext. 242
2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 201 Fax: (703) 834-6230
Herndon, VA 22070

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is right.''
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LL Issue: 8.935
Date posted: 26-Jun-1997


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