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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology$
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Eric Raimy and Charles E. Cairns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182706

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.001.0001

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Does Sonority Have a Phonetic Basis?

Does Sonority Have a Phonetic Basis?

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(p.165) 7 Does Sonority Have a Phonetic Basis?
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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology
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G. N. Clements

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.003.0007

According to Bert Vaux and Andrew Wolfe, syllabification conforms universally to the Sonority Sequencing Principle whereby the segments in a syllable rise in sonority from the margin to the peak. The concept of sonority occupies an important place in phonology and phonetics, even as precise phonetic correlates for it have remained elusive, with several scholars suggesting that it has no phonetic basis. This chapter argues that sonority is related to the resonance of speech sounds, rather than loudness or audibility.

Keywords:   resonance, Bert Vaux, Andrew Wolfe, syllabification, Sonority Sequencing Principle, sonority, phonology, phonetics, speech sounds

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