Italian is mentioned, but no example. I'm not familiar with Italian. Could anyone give an example?
- Vowel gemination is an oxymoron. The term gemination only applies to consonants. Rikat (talk) 19:37, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
The article asserts that geminates are 1.5 to 2 X longer than singletons, but I believe the range of variation from language to language is larger than that. Here is a quote from William Ham, Phonetic and Phonological Aspects of Geminate Timing, Routledge, 2001 ISBN 0415937604:
From a purely phonetic perspective, geminates can be described as long consonants, although the degree to which they are longer than their singleton counterparts varies widely from language to language. Ladefoged & Maddieson (1996: 91-92), for example, report from their cross-linguistic survey that, depending on the language, geminates are on average between one-and-a-half and three times as long as singletons in careful speech.
Russian does not distinguish between long and short consonants (or vowels, for that matter) in speech, but only in writing. I can say that as a native speaker. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 13:26, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
- Disregard the comment above. I am native speaker too and definitely distinguish between long and short consonant in Russian. Though, it may drop in fast or children-like speech. All scientists recognize it.184.108.40.206 (talk) 20:56, 25 October 2009 (UTC)
Info about gemination in Polish is false. While polish language has geminates (double consonants) it is not a gemination. It should be always pronounced as two separate (repeated) consonats. Long vovels and long consonants does not exist in Polish. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:09, 23 August 2010 (UTC)
"rodziny – 'families'; ssaki - 'mammals', rodzinny – adjective of 'family'" - that ssaki part seems to be irrelevant or corrupted. Anyone? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:25, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
The information on Polish is false, in such or another way. Whether they are geminates or not is disputable. Indeed, there is a possiblitity to pronounce them as a one long vowel, even if some prescriptive biased linguists call it incorrect. However, it is not the only possible way, and the pronunciation as two separated consonants is also possible, especially in slow speech. Anyway, the statement "it occurs in words of more than one morpheme, where the final morpheme of the first part is the same as the initial morpheme of the second" is completely false!!! There is no difference in treating double consonants both on the morpheme border and within the same morpheme. Rodzinny, wwozić, zzuć, greccy, lekki, jakkolwiek, najjaśniejszy are examples of the first type. Note double consonants in the initial position. It is possible because prefixes "w" and "z" contain only one consonant. But there are also examples of double consonants not on morpheme borders, like ssaki (which is cited and is not in accordance with the description!), czczy "vane" (: czy "whether"), dżdżownica "earthworm", dżdżysty "rainy (bookish)" (all word-initially), and also wanna "bathtub", Anna "Anna", Mekka, kwagga, kappa, Jaffa, gamma "Greek letter" (: gama "music scale"), Budda, Jagiełło, Allah, horror, Aszszur. See http://grzegorj.w.interia.pl/popraw/tidiri.html for more.
- I didn't change anything, but the article is currently correct. kuru 'come' is an irregular verb with past tense kita 'came'. kiru 'slice' is a godan verb that could be mistaken as ichidan with past tense kitta 'sliced'. Wikky Horse (talk) 17:53, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
“Orange juice” is listed as an example of non-gemination, but the IPA transcription shows gemination, and that is the only pronunciation I know. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 13:29, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
"night train" versus "night rain"
"With affricates, however, this does not occur. For instance: orange juice [ˈɒrɨndʒ.dʒuːs]" The English section says "this does not occur" with affricates, but then shows an instance in which gemination does, in fact, occur with affricates. I'm confused. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:51, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
- Hmm, that's a good question. It's confusing, as you say. I think perhaps it's because gemination of an affricate is supposed to result in doubled stop portion, rather than the whole affricate being repeated. So, if orange juice had gemination, it would be pronounced as [ˈɒrɨnddʒuːs] or [ˈɒrɨndːʒuːs] with the [d], the stop part of the affricate, doubled, instead of [ˈɒrɨndʒ.dʒuːs] where the whole affricate is repeated. So that might be why the article says affricates aren't geminated. — Eru·tuon 00:16, 7 June 2015 (UTC)