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Syllabification and French Phonology [microform] / D. C. Walker
Bib ID 5292607
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Walker, D. C
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1973 
18 p. 
Summary

Much research has focused on the question of whether phonological rules can and should be stated more appropriately in terms of the syllable than other units, notable segments and various boundaries. Formulation of rules without reference to the syllable obscures the motivation and unity of alternations. French has rules for consonant deletion preceding other consonants and in a phrase-final position which may be summarized: "Delete morpheme-final consonants in syllable-final position." The syllable-final position also affects assimilation, devoicing and neutralization of position of articulation. Syllable-final nasals cause nasalization of the preceding vowel; once again use of syllable boundaries allows simple statement of diverse processes. In French, the syllable-final, or weak, consonant assimilates to the following one. A theory of J. Hooper concerning syllabification on a universal basis is countered with evidence that rules that reposition syllable boundaries cannot be anywhere rules. The French rule of consonantal gemination and the tendency for open syllables support this contradiction. Resyllabification cannot precede the "loi de position"; it cannot therefore be an anywhere rule. Contradictions mentioned here do not completely invalidate the principles of syllabification, although the nature of certain types of resyllabification remains in doubt. (CHK)

Notes

Cahiers Linguistiques D'Ottawa, n3 p25-41 Aug 1973.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Consonants.  |  Descriptive Linguistics.  |  French.  |  Generative Phonology.  |  Linguistic Theory.  |  Morphemes.  |  Phonetics.  |  Phonology.  |  Pronunciation.  |  Syllables.  |  Vowels.
Form/genre Journal Articles.
Other authors/contributors Ottawa Univ. (Ontario)
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