"str" is legit in generic Slavic ("*strel-", arrow), so I wonder if Polish has it, maybe in leanwords. A small dictionary computer search gave nothing. (Frankly, I just want to see a "szczrz" in print...OK, I'm German, we still can easily top that :-)

  • Polish has strzela. I have searched a Polish corpus for "szczrz" with zero hits as a result. Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 10:26
  • leanwords? Like skinny? Or loanwords like borrowings? :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 20:49

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Use a text corpus - even the small guest Araneum Polonicum Minus gives you already a lot of concordances with word-initial str- (and that's just the word-initial).

You can check the frequency distribution and see the most frequent word is strona, followed by strata and derivatives of strach. All perfectly legit.

Although, -r- in Polish is not syllabic, unlike in e.g. Czech or Slovak, which (phonotactically) somewhat diminishes the possibilities. Compare the pronunciation (stress) of Polish trwa (one syllable) with Slovak trvá (two syllables).

  • So "st"->"szcz" (e.g. Szczecin) but "str"->"str"? You live, you learn. (No wonder I didn't find "str" - I didn't search...) Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 12:30
  • I think r tends to become rz only in front (or palatalized) contexts.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 23:25

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