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Mon Sep 24 2007
Qs: Syllabic Weight Based on Syntactic Positioning?
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Syllabic Weight Based on Syntactic Positioning?
Message 1: Syllabic Weight Based on Syntactic Positioning?
From: David Iannucci <yvathvfgyvfgpunchcutter.ml1.net>
Subject: Syllabic Weight Based on Syntactic Positioning?
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I wonder if anyone out there is familiar with a language which maintains
a distinction of syllabic weight with grammatical implications, but in
which weight can be determined either by segmental make-up (e.g. having
coda or long vowel) or by position in a grammatical constituent?
I'm working with a dead language (Chitimacha) for which Swadesh claimed
that even simple CV (short vowel) syllables are classified as ''heavy''
when they appear in word-initial, or in phrase-final position (and light
elsewhere). Furthermore, although CV syllables in these positions are
heavy, they are a little ''less heavy'' than those which are segmentally
heavy. The author unfortunately does not justify these claims with
examples of the grammatical effects which obtain from these
Does this ring a bell for anyone? If so, can you point me to
literature, or even just the name of a language that is documented as
having a similar phonology?
University of Utah
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