How about Georgian?  I know little about it, but I
have read that it can have six or more (!) syllable
initial consonants. I found the following at:

"Groups of consonants are widespread in Georgian,
especially harmonic clusters in which the point of
articulation of the group moves from the front to the
back of the mouth, and in which the individual
elements are of the same type (voiced, voiceless
aspirated or voiceless ejective). Examples are dghe
('day'), t'q'e ('forest'), bgera ('sound'), tkven
('you'), zghva ('sea') and skhva ('other'). In
general, consonant clusters can range from two to six
or more terms, extreme examples of word initial
clusters being represented by mts'vrtneli ('trainer')
and vprtskvni ('I am peeling it'). In general, there
is little or no assimilation in Georgian."

I'd really like to hear what "vprtskvni" sounds like.
Is it really just one syllable?  Funky language that
Georgian is, I gotta say.


--- nd003k <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > We recently had a discussion on the number of
> vowels in a
> > row... I was
> > wondering how many consonants can be put in a row
> in any
> > conlang or
> > natlang...
> >
> > Anyone have any other examples?
> >
> > Maarten van Beek
> well it's not a conlang i'm presently working on,
> but in one
> of my short stories (really really short story [ok
> it's only
> two pages long double spaced but i still like it])
> there
> were a kind of alien called the Hkkst and they don't
> have
> any vowels in thier language
> nothing is impossible...
> ..nicole

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