Arrernte: A language with no syllable onsets

Breen, Gavan and Pensalfini, Rob (1999) Arrernte: A language with no syllable onsets. Linguistic Inquiry, 30 1: 1-25. doi:10.1162/002438999553940

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Author Breen, Gavan
Pensalfini, Rob
Title Arrernte: A language with no syllable onsets
Journal name Linguistic Inquiry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0024-3892
1530-9150
Publication date 1999-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1162/002438999553940
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher MIT Press
Language eng
Subject 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
2004 Linguistics
200319 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
2003 Language Studies
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Formatted abstract
That syllable onsets are present in all languages is widely regarded as axiomatic, and the preference for syllabifying consonants as onsets over codas is considered a linguistic universal. The Central Australian language Arrernte provides the strongest possible counterevidence to this universal, with phenomena generally used to determine syllabification suggesting that all consonants in Arrernte are syllabified as codas at the word level. Attempts to explain the Arrernte facts in terms of syllables with onsets either make the wrong predictions or require proposals that render the putative onset universal unfalsifiable.
© 1999 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Keyword Syllabification
Phonological universals
Onset
Complex codas
Arandic
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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