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PostPosted: 2010 06 20, 00:39 

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Do Lithuanians tend to string words together whenever they can, like in English? you know, like (ʔ denotes the glottal stop):
[Visižmonėsgimstalaisviʔirlygūssavoʔorumuʔirteisėmis. Jiemssuteiktasprotasirsąžinėʔirjieturiʔelgtisvienaskitoʔatžvilgiukaipbroliai.]
Or do they clearly separate each word from the others?


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Well, I'm not a native speaker, but from my experience they not only do not separate words, but also incur in consonant assimilation between words:

[visi žmonėz gimsta laisvi r lygū savo rumu ir teisėmis. Jiem suteiktas protas ir sąžinė ʔ ir jie turi elgtis vienas kito ʔ adžvilgiu kai broliai]

this happens in every conversation.

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PostPosted: 2010 06 23, 16:41 
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AssociativeFugue, you are right about glottal stops between vowels (savoʔorumu), but I think this only applies to same vowels, that means we say orumuirteisėmis.

Let me correct you a little bit asCii :)
[visižmonėzgimstalaisvi ʔ irlygūsavo ʔ orumuirteisėmis / jiemsuteiktasprotasirsažinė ʔ irjieturielgtisvienaskito ʔ adžvilg'ukaibrolei]

I'm not sure about this glottal stop, if it applies only to similar vowels (o-o, a-o) or to any vowels.


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It probably applies to two long vowels which can't form a diphtong.

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Probably not only. I know for sure there's a glottal stop in situations like paʔaiškinti, paʔarti, etc where a prefix meets the stem. The a's are not long, and if I pronounce them slowly, I can hear the glottal stop sound.


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Of course two instances of the same vowel can't form a diphtong, too. I should've said 'it probably applies to vowels which can't form a diphtong, such as two long vowels'

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