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Query Details

Query Subject:   Languages with fricative-initial onset clusters
Author:   Lisa Davidson
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Hi all--

I'm trying to compile information on languages that allow two-member fricative-initial consonant clusters in word-initial position. Specifically, I'm interested in cases where the fricatives are something other than /s/ that combine with nasals and obstruents.

Any information would be helpful, even if it's just the name of a language, but I would be very appreciative if you have information regarding which particular clusters are allowed in the language.

Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson
Department of Cognitive Science
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
LL Issue: 13.3161
Date posted: 03-Dec-2002


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