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I have seen some geminate consonants written both as, for example /mm/ and
/m:/.  Is there any difference between the two (assuming there is no
syllable boundary), or is it just a question of notational style? Originally
I had only ever seen the length marker used on vowels, I remember being
quite flummoxed the first time I saw it used with a consonant!

 

A thought has just occurred, is the use of  :  restricted to sonorants? When
I think about it, I don't recall having seen it used with a stop.