JS Bangs wrote: > The general sonority goes obstruents, nasals, liquids, approximants, > vowels. Minimum sonority distance is 1. [...] > Russian /v/ acts like it was /w/--i.e. it is more sonorouss than /r/ or > /l/. Thus the sonority distance between the initial consonants of /tvoj/ > "yours" is 3, not 0. [...] > You can add one extra segment to the beginning of a word that violates > sonority. You can also add /s/ to the beginning of any sequence that > doesn't violate sonority (but not to the beginning of a sequence that > *does* violate sonority--see below). [...] > I think this covers it. You probably need to add "z" to the "s"-class, to account for words starting with <vz-> (<vzdox>, <vzdrognut'>), as well as <mzda>. But even then, your rules won't cover the cases when single-consonant prepositions <k>, <v>, <s> do not get the epenthetic vowel: <k vstreche> /kfstre-/, <v l'vinyj> /vl'vi-/, <s mneniem> /smne-/ which they don't half the time. Vladimir. PS. On a side note - my favourite poet, Marina Tsvetayeva, once wrote a line: ... tak k komu zhe ... with a footnote about the triple "k" reflecting her disoriented state of mind at the time of writing.