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How to present affricates in onset consonant clusters

The whole point of the notion of the affricate is to point out that it behaves like a single segment, an observation that allows us to make further generalisations and predictions about its ...
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What do you call double consonants that are not affricates?

These are (mostly) consonant clusters and not reasonably analysed as single phonemes in English For people who distinguish wh from w though, this is still a single consonant, /ʍ/ not a cluster /hw/. I....
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How did the j get the dʒ sound?

The letter <j> originated as a variant of the letter <i>, and only came to be viewed as a separate letter relatively recently. So we need to actually go back to the pronunciation of the ...
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Affrication-like sound in palatal plosive [c]

Having acoustically inspected these tokens as well as online tokens from Esling and Ladefoged, I notice that all performers have a longer voice onset time (around 20 msc, varying according to ...
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What do you call double consonants that are not affricates?

As the help page explains, the combinations of symbols you mentioned represent Wikipedia's own diaphonemes, not single phonemes or phones. They are listed separately because, in that particular system,...
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What do you call double consonants that are not affricates?

One reason why these are considered by some to be single segments is that they simplify to [w l n ...] in some dialects. There are sub-trends in phonology which treat consonant plus glide sequences as ...
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How did the j get the dʒ sound?

The sound comes first, the writing is fit around the sound. The sound [dʒ] in Modern English is a late-comer, and was not significant in Old English. Old French [dʒ], which was more significant, ...
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How many morae would an affricate in the position of a coda have?

Shorter answer: as many as any other single consonant. Coda consonants aren't necessarily moraic – in some languages they are, in some they are not. Affricates are usually single consonants with a ...
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How many morae would an affricate in the position of a coda have?

Short answer: one (probably). Longer answer: The definition of "morae" tends to depend on the specifics of the language and your analysis. They're not something we can necessarily measure ...
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Aspiration of Voiceless Affricate in English

The fundamental (and contrastive) difference between phonologically aspirated stops and phonological affricates is the nature of the release. Aspiration is turbulent noise whose source is the glottis, ...
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Aspiration of Voiceless Affricate in English

The affricate /tʃ/ does not behave differently from the stops /p t k/ w.r.t. aspiration. The relevant contexts for aspiration are bit more complicated and are best stated in terms of foot-initial (...
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Wellsean Syllabification and Recapitulation Symbols in the LPD

Partial answer: As commenters and other answers have mentioned, morpheme boundaries may be important to the syllabification of a word. Wells's rules are not meant to apply to all words: the existence ...
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Languages that have phonemic aspirated post-alveolar affricates

You can search for the segment [tʃʰ] at Phoible and get quite an impressive list of languages having it. Clicking on Mundari as a randomly chosen example confirms that it contrasts with non-aspirated [...
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Languages that have phonemic aspirated post-alveolar affricates

Sanskrit, and most other Indian languages, have (at least in the script) a four-way distinction of c - ch - j - jh. I would have to rummage a bit in the dictionary to establish minimal pairs.
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Wellsean Syllabification and Recapitulation Symbols in the LPD

(Disclaimer: ..surely have read John C. Wells’s article “Syllabification and allophony... no to both of the things, i am a high school student interested in linguistics) 1) since you labelled this ...
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