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--- On Mon, 12/17/12, Leonardo Castro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> >> ....BTW, does any natlang have some kind of "gemination for emphasis"?
>
> > Sure. English does it, to some extent:
>
> > the word "little" I'd pronounce as [lIdl] (hope I used
> > the right brackets!);
> > but for emphasis, [lIt_tl] with heavier stress on both
> > syllables, but what's
> 
> BTW, "little" as pronounced by most Americans sound as
> [li4@l] to my ears.

Interesting. Dunno what [4] is, but I've never heard [i] for the root 
vowel. Leastways among native speakers. Among ESL speakers, sure.

FWIW, the gemination also comes out in terribly careful speech.

Padraic