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Query Details

Query Subject:   Query: onsetless syllables
Author:   Katalin Balogne Berces
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear Linguists,

I would like to collect information on the cross-linguistic
distribution and behaviour of vowel-initial syllables. For example, is
there any implicational relationship between the occurrence of
word-initial and word-medial ones, e.g., do you always have hiatuses
in languages with vowel-initial words? Or, do you know of any cases
where vowel-initial words behave in a special way?

Many thanks,
Katalin Balogne Berces

Katalin Balogne Berces (bbk)
* PhD student, English Linguistics PhD Programme,
Eotvos Lorand University, Ajtosi Durer sor 19-21,
Budapest, H-1146, Hungary
* assistant lecturer, Dept. of English Language
and Literature, Pazmany Peter Catholic University,
Piliscsaba, H-2081, Hungary

LL Issue: 14.1652
Date posted: 11-Jun-2003


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