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Quoth Irina:

>You guess right. I was taught (by Jadranka Gvozdanovi'c, who
>admittedly said and wrote quite a few controversial things when whe
>was teaching in Amsterdam) to pronounce the hard sign in OCS as a
>shwa if a consonant follows (i.e. never to assimilate it). This
>causes syllables that consist of a consonant and an *optional* shwa,
>of course.

Makes sense; the hard sign is pronounced /@/ (or /V/ maybe) in
Bulgarian anyway.  (Incidentally, Bulgaria is natively written
_B"lgarija_, where <"> is the hard sign transcribed.)

Danny

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