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

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From the journal The Linguistic Review


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.

Published Online: 2011-11-21
Published in Print: 2011-September

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