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On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:25:43 +0000, Sam Stutter
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>However "I fled" resolves as "spr&y"Nu"m" which ought to be [spr&amp;.
>>'aIN.u:m].
>
> Everyone so far seems to have seized on the hiatus and not the thing which
> troubles me most on first sight, which is the position of the second
> syllable division.  That's a really weird thing to do, VC.V is;
> crosslinguistically languages really really prefer putting a single C in
> this position in the onset, empty codas being a beautifully fine state of
> affairs and empty onsets being a mite uncomfortable.  (English may be one of
> the few exceptions -- Wells argues this, at least, to account for the
> phenomena like "happy" [h&p.i] where [&] is a closed-syllable-only vowel.
> But it's certainly not the common behaviour.)
>
> I do wonder how you're pronouncing it in such a way that it's clearly
> [aIN.u:] and not [aI.Nu:].  Distinguishing those by extra segmental material
> could well feel be an awkward affair.

It could possibly be ambisyllabic (which is what I think is happening
with the /p/ in /h&pi/).