> OTOH [aa] will most likely involve continuous voicing in the interval > between the two a's (the so-called "voiced h", or "hiatus". It's two > distinct syllables. Note that that [a(H)a] is not a long a, which is > simply > the prolongation of the single vowel sound, so [a:], usually considered > just > one distinct syllable. Is it phonetically legal to have [aa]? i always thought it wasn't possible to have 2 vowels together in a row... -- Alexandre Lang [log in to unmask] -- http://www.fastmail.fm - A fast, anti-spam email service.