Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 09:26:26 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Consonant Cluster Reduction >My favorite plural of that type is _sixths_, which I believe is the only in- >stance of a tautosyllabic 4 obstruent cluster. I have a feeling I pronounce it >(at least in fast speech) with a very long [s], i.e. [sIks::]. > >Larry The Guiness Book of World Records used to have the following as the record tongue twister: The sixth sick sheiks sixth sheep's sick. I like to give it on transcription tests, although some students just give up in the attempt. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]