On Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 05:20  PM, Tristan McLeay wrote:

> 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?

Binarity seems to be universal, but I don't think that Pavel is correct
in stating that languages without a length distinction have CVC as the
minimal word. Many native languages of Australia have no length
distinctions and the minimal word seems to be two syllables.

Dirk Elzinga
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