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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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A Case of Appendicitis

A Case of Appendicitis

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(p.176) (p.177) 8 A Case of Appendicitis
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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology
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Eric Raimy

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.003.0008

Bert Vaux and Andrew Wolfe have proposed a very strict theory of syllabification and the prosodic status of unsyllabified segments, arguing that a phoneme must either be syllabified directly or be associated to a higher prosodic level via an appendix structure. This chapter examines one pattern of infixation and one pattern of reduplication in Nxa/amxcin which may be completely agnostic about prosodic structure. It also considers a reduplication pattern in Thao to show that a syllabification scheme utilizing degenerate syllables is necessary to account for the pattern. Vaux and Wolfe’s explicit rejection of degenerate syllables raises the question of whether their strict claims about the nature of the syllable are plausible. The chapter thus argues for a further investigation of their examples in order to fully determine their importance in constructing a theory of syllabification for phonology.

Keywords:   syllabification, phonology, infixation, reduplication, prosodic structure, syllables, Bert Vaux, Andrew Wolfe, appendix, unsyllabified segments

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