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Syllabification patterns in Arabic dialects: long segments and mora sharing

Watson, JCE 2007, 'Syllabification patterns in Arabic dialects: long segments and mora sharing' , Phonology, 24 (2) , pp. 335-356.

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Abstract

In Classical Arabic and many modern Arabic dialects, syllables ending in VVC or in the left leg of a geminate have a special status. An examination of Kiparsky's (2003) semisyllable account of syllabification types and related phenomena in Arabic against a wider set of data shows that while this account explains much syllable-related variation, certain phenomena cannot be captured, and several dialects appear to exhibit conflicting syllable-related phenomena. Phenomena not readily covered by the semisyllable account commonly involve long segments – long vowels or geminate consonants. In this paper, I propose for relevant dialects a mora-sharing solution that recognises the special status of syllables incorporating long segments. Such a mora-sharing solution is not new, but has been proposed for the analysis of syllables containing long segments in a number of languages, including Arabic (Broselow 1992, Broselow et al. 1995), Malayalam, Hindi (Broselow et al. 1997) and Bantu languages (Maddieson 1993, Hubbard 1995).

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Phonology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09526757
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2009 16:14
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370

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