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Are retroflex consonants geminated?

Do the consonant clusters rn rs rl rt rd represent single or geminated retroflex consonants?

December 5, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anders91

I've tried for some time now to come up with words with geminated versions of those consonant clusters and I can only find one and that is Värtahamnen, where rt is geminated. That is however a name (a port in Stockholm) and that name is a compound word.

I'm just gonna say that they are almost always single. People will probably point out exceptions but I can't come up with any. I hope I shed at least some light on the subject.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anders91

Came up with two more with the cluster rt.

  • Svärta (blackness)
  • Bjärta (colorful, pl)

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

I’m writing my thesis on retroflexes, so I have some more examples where a retroflex is followed by a short vowel: dörrn, imorrn, traktorn, Vänern, ärt, ört, kort, hjort, hirs, kurs, fars, börs, morsa.

A few months ago, I tried to come up with examples for all retroflex consonants in all vowel positions after all vowel lengths, so I have some other more or less dubious examples as well.

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