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when are pauses mandatory

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 Lojban's insistence on self-segmenting morphophonology entails a few places in which pauses are mandatory. The pauses ''<u>may'' </u> be written with a period (see [[denpa bu|denpa bu]]), but the writing of the period is ''<u>not'' </u> mandatory, even when the pause is. Note that pause does not equal glottal stop: a glottal stop is considered an instance of pause, but not all pauses have glottal stops.
Here are the places where a pause is required:
# Before all words starting with a vowel.
# After all cmene (words ending in a consonant).
 # Before all cmene '''<u>unless''' </u> preceded by '''la/lai/doi''' (a particular instance would be after COI words) # After all words ending in '''-y''' (lerfu words) '''<u>unless''' </u> followed by another lerfu word (also ending in '''-y'''). (note that this combines with the first rule to require '''.y.''' and '''.y'y.''' to have pauses on both sides... unless followed by a lerfu word, I suppose.) # After the opening delimiter word, and before the close delimiter word, of '''la'o'''/'''zoi ''' quotes. # After '''<u>stressed''' </u> cmavo, when followed by a brivla. (stress in cmavo is normally free, but cmavo in front of brivla are not to be stressed, unless there is a pause, or else we can't divide the words right) *#* The pause is not required when the brivla begins with a stressed syllable. If it is longer, it may be. {'''LEselDENpa} ''' doesn't need a pause but {'''LE.kraTAIgo} ''' does. #**Is that it? ''--mi'e [[User:Mark Shoulson|.mark.]]'' #***By "required", do you mean "needed in all situations" or "required by rule"? If the former, then item 4 on lerfu words is not necessarily true ('''cy ''' at the beginning of utterance or with enough cmavo around it should be fine). If the latter, then the subcomment under 6 about LEselDENpa is out of order since the rule says pause is necessary anyway. -- ''mi'e [[Nora LeChevalier oras.|Nora LeChevalier orasnoras.]]''
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