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GDE syllabification – A generalization of Dell and Elmedlaoui's syllabification algorithm

GDE syllabification – A generalization of Dell and Elmedlaoui's syllabification algorithm This article shows how Dell and Elmedlaoui's well-known analysis of syllabification in Imdlawn Tashlhiyt Berber can be generalized so that it can be successfully applied in a much wider range of languages. Khalka Mongolian, which has extensive epenthesis and complex codas, could be a textbook example of templatic syllabification. Nevertheless, it is successfully analyzed by the generalization, with coda sonority sequencing derived as a consequence the basic idea of building syllable structure at sonority maxima, which is the heart of Dell and Elmedlaoui's analysis. The ultimate aim is to extend the theory to a universal theory of syllabification, supplanting templatic derivational analyses. This article should be viewed as a contribution towards developing such a universal theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Linguistic Review de Gruyter

GDE syllabification – A generalization of Dell and Elmedlaoui's syllabification algorithm

The Linguistic Review , Volume 28 (3) – Sep 1, 2011

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de Gruyter
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©Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0167-6318
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1613-3676
DOI
10.1515/tlir.2011.007
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Abstract

This article shows how Dell and Elmedlaoui's well-known analysis of syllabification in Imdlawn Tashlhiyt Berber can be generalized so that it can be successfully applied in a much wider range of languages. Khalka Mongolian, which has extensive epenthesis and complex codas, could be a textbook example of templatic syllabification. Nevertheless, it is successfully analyzed by the generalization, with coda sonority sequencing derived as a consequence the basic idea of building syllable structure at sonority maxima, which is the heart of Dell and Elmedlaoui's analysis. The ultimate aim is to extend the theory to a universal theory of syllabification, supplanting templatic derivational analyses. This article should be viewed as a contribution towards developing such a universal theory.

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The Linguistic Reviewde Gruyter

Published: Sep 1, 2011

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