Show simple item record Monaka, K.C. 2011-03-08T07:22:55Z 2011-03-08T07:22:55Z 2007
dc.identifier.citation Monaka, K.C. (2007) The binary branching nature of syllable constituents: the English onset, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 505-518 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1607-3614
dc.description Some symbols may not appear the same as in the original abstract en_US
dc.description.abstract The conventional composition of the English syllable is captured in the template: CQ^ Vi^ CQ''. This means that the onset accommodates a minimum of zero and a maximum of three consonants, the coda a minimum of zero and a maximum of four, whilst the nucleus takes a minimum of one and a maximum of two vowels. This article focuses on the onset constituent, and argues that the English onset branches twice instead of three times. It argues that the conventional three position onsets are derived from word initial consonant clusters, and that these onsets do not appear to hold word medially where only onsets with two positions appear to be attested. Motivating evidence is drawn from other languages, specifically Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, because it is believed that, except for the coda, the binary branching nature of syllable constituents is universally imposed in the worid's languages. Also, no one language or dialect can exhaustively account for all linguistic phenomena — evidence to demonstrate an otherwise systematic behaviour of a phonological unit may have to be drawn from other languages or dialects. A brief overview of the Optimality Theory account of syllable onset is given, and areas of overlap are noted. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher National Inquiry Services Centre en_US
dc.subject Binary branching en_US
dc.subject English onset en_US
dc.subject Nature en_US
dc.subject Syllable constituents en_US
dc.title The binary branching nature of syllable constituents: the English onset en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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