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Alexandre Lang wrote:
> Is it phonetically legal to have [aa]? i always thought it wasn't
> possible to have 2 vowels together in a row...

It certainly is possible.  Japanese has quite a few vowel sequences,
including distinctions between forms like /aa/ and /a:/, altho that is
not distinguished in kana.  There does, however, seem to be a slight
glottal constriction between identical vowels.

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