Word-Initial Consonant Clusters in Albanian
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Linguistics
Citation:Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 59 (2010), 10-32.
Albanian has a wide but not unrestricted range of initial consonant clusters. This paper lays out some constraints on such clusters; e.g., there are no clusters of two voiced stops, nor of voiced obstruent + voiceless obstruent. Dictionary data is supplemented by phonetic data from a native Albanian speaker, which helps determine how well orthographic evidence reflects pronunciation. I find that vowel epenthesis in obstruent-obstruent clusters is rare; schwa is sometimes elided to form clusters that are not orthographically evident, but less often than expected; and clusters written with voiceless obstruent + voiced obstruent are pronounced as such, at least sometimes.