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On Thu, Jun 12, 2003 at 01:15:16PM -0700, JS Bangs wrote:

> This obviously combines several of the possible distinctions above. The
> notion of sonority class also interacts with the idea of "minimum sonority
> distance", which specifies how far apart segments at the beginning of a
> syllable must be. In English, the minimum sonority distance is 2.
> Therefore, [pl], [kr], and [tw] are valid ways to begin an English
> syllable, but [pm] and [nl] are not since the sonority of those segments
> is too close together.

Ok, this has me curious.  Does Russian follow this system at all?  I'd
be tempted to say either "no" or "yes, but the minimum sonority distance
is 0" (based on initial stop clusters and the like).  Any Russian experts
who could weigh in on this?

Amanda