At 7:39 pm -0700 22/4/00, Marcus Smith wrote:
>Jim Grossmann wrote:
>>> Except for the glottal stop, each consonant may be geminate.
>>Maybe I'm getting ahead of things, but why make an exception of the glottal
>Because I've never seen a language that allows a geminate glottal stop,
>even if
>they allow geminates of other stops.

Maltese, which writes the glottal stop as <q>, certainly allows it to be
geminate, cf. _baqa_ /'ba?a/ "he remained" and _baqqa_ /'ba??a/ "a bug".

Some other words with geminate glottal stop are:
qroqqa /'?ro??a/ "brooding hen"
daqqet /'da??et/ "it struck" [fem. sing], e.g. daqqet is-siegHa "it is one
o'clock" [H is actually written a lower case h with a bar through it]
daqqu /'da??u/ "they struck", e.g. daqqu s-sagH-tejn "it's two o'clock".
raqqad /'ra??ad/ "he put to sleep" [causal verb]

>I would love to see a counter-example.

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