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On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, Pavel Iosad wrote:

> Is as good an exmple of PM's binarity principle as any, since it
> prohibits words of less than a foot, thus CV words are impossible (with
> a few exceptions, such as discourse words, such as Russian _da_ 'yes').
> The minimal word is CVC in a language which doesn't distinguish length
> and CVC or CV: in a length-sensitive language.

Hm, interesting, I wasn't aware of this. So it's a universal?

> Now Russian words like _zhmu_ 'I squeeze', _p'ju_ 'I drink', _shju_ 'I
> sew' do violate the principle, at least seemingly, but that's a
> different story.

Is it an interesting story?

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Tristan