LINGUIST List 10.295

Mon Feb 22 1999

Books: Phonetics/ Phonology

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  1. Rint Sybesma, J. Waals: An Experimental View of the Dutch Syllable

Message 1: J. Waals: An Experimental View of the Dutch Syllable

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:33:59 +0100
From: Rint Sybesma <>
Subject: J. Waals: An Experimental View of the Dutch Syllable

N e w f r o m H o l l a n d A c a d e m i c G r a p h i c s 

Juliette Waals
An Experimental View of the Dutch Syllable

This study provides a description of the syllable in Dutch from a
phonological and a phonetic point of view. The central hypothesis of
this thesis is the Metrical Segment Duration Hypothesis by which it is
assumed that the relative durations of segments are a reflection of
(phonological) syllable constituency. 
 The thesis reports on a series of experiments which focus on the
durations of consonants and consonant clusters at the word-onset, the
word-coda and in intervocalic position. Phonological assumptions
concerning the hierarchical nature of word-onsets and word-codas, and
assumptions concerning the location of syllable breaks, are confirmed to
a considerable degree by the results of these experiments. However, the
durationally motivated hierarchies differ from the phonological
hierarchies. Also, language-specific phonological rules seem to be
phonetically overruled by universal principles.

1. Introduction 2. The word-onset 3. The word-coda 4. Intervocalic
clusters 5. Syllables revisited 6. Conclusions 

UiL OTS/Utrecht University Dissertation. [LOT International Series,
18.] Januari 1999. ISBN 90-5569-063-5. Paperback. xii+158 pp. Price:
NLG 48.00 (excl. P&P, VAT). Discounts are available for individuals
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