Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation (Oxford Linguistics)

Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation (Oxford Linguistics)

San Duanmu

This publication seems to be on the variety of attainable syllables in human languages. The syllable is a valuable proposal in phonology yet easy questions on it stay poorly understood and phonologists are divided on even the main easy matters. for instance, the be aware city has been syllabified as ci-ty (the 'maximal onset' analysis), cit-y (the 'no-open-lax-V' analysis), and cit-ty (the 'geminate C' analysis).

San Duanmu explores and clarifies those and plenty of different similar concerns via an in-depth research of whole lexicons of numerous languages. a few languages, akin to general and Shanghai chinese language, have relatively uncomplicated syllables, but a minimum distinction in syllable constitution has bring about a dramatic distinction in tonal habit. different languages, resembling English, German, and Jiarong, have lengthy consonant clusters and feature been suggestion to require very huge syllables: San Duanmu indicates that the particular syllable constitution in those languages is way easier. He bases his analyses on quantitative facts, paying equivalent consciousness to generalizations which are prone to be common. He indicates profitable research of the syllable needs to consider numerous theories, together with function idea, the Weight-Stress precept, the scale of morpheme stock, and the metrical illustration of the syllable.

San Duanmu's transparent exposition will attract phonologists and complex scholars and should offer a brand new benchmark in syllabic and prosodic research. He additionally bargains a solution to the fascinating query: how diversified can human languages be?

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