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J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:

> I imagine you're describing the distinction between a [d] with its own
> release followed by a [Z] and the affricate, where the release of the stop
> isn't previous to the fricative, but simultaneous with it.
>
> Syllable boundaries aren't sounds, but there may be languages where they
> have certain effects on sounds (which doesn't make them sounds).

Indeed, Russian (and other East Slavic lgs) make a certian contrast between
an affricate vs. a stop + fricative. I cannot think of any minimal pair, but
e.g. the word [Vt.sOs] "pumping"  would sound way too strange if pronounced
with a [ts)]...

-- Yitzik