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Which, if any, of the world's languages have both the following features?

  1. Syllable-initial vowels are disallowed; all syllables must begin with a consonant.
  2. There is no glottal stop phoneme.
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As reported by Lin (1977) (Phonology 14:403-436), there is no glottal stop and no initial vowels in Piro. If you can get Thargari Phonology and Morphology (T. Klokeid 1969, Pac. Ling. Series B #12), you can confirm or deny whether that too is an example.

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  • So the language is Thargari? You might want to make that more clear in your first sentence. Doing a google search came up with this link which supports that all syllables in Thargary have an onset: books.google.com/… – brass tacks Jun 27 '15 at 5:38
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    I have the publication by Terry Klokeid and can confirm that Tharrkari (the spelling preferred by the people) syllables are all C initial. Also, it does not have glottal stop (few languages do in Western Australia). – Gaston Ümlaut Jun 27 '15 at 14:06
  • But I'm sure there are plenty of other languages that require C initial syllables and don't have glottal stop, probably many such in Australia. – Gaston Ümlaut Jun 27 '15 at 14:07
  • I wonder if it has homorganic glide + vowel syllables though, like /ji/ and /wu/. Those seem to occur in Dyirbal, another Australian language that is said to have no syllable-initial vowels. – brass tacks Feb 20 '18 at 5:57

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