From: Chris Palmer > Mark J. Reed writes: > > > There's no such thing as a syllabic 'k' - only continuous sounds can > > be syllabic, which rules out stops. > > For what little it's worth, my phonology professor once gave us this > anecdote: Supposedly there is a word /tk=tf=t/ in Berber. The word _tktft_ and similar words do occur in Tashelhit (Shilha) Berber, and there's even one word made up of eight consonants and NO vowels: _tftktstt_ "you sprained it" (both subject and object are feminine). See here: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/~jcoleman/TPS.html I honestly don't see how a stop can be syllablic. A fricative like [f=] can, obviously. More likely the word would be pronounced more like [t@ktf=t] with a barely-noticeable schwa.