3. The formal definition of the ONSET constraint and implications for Korean syllable structure
University of North Carolina
This paper provides additional support for the formal definition of ONSET proposed in Smith (2002, 2003, 2008), a definition that makes reference to no details of syllable-internal structure other than the fundamental head/nonhead distinction. This head-based definition of ONSET has crosslinguistic empirical support and contributes to a view of the phonology-phonetics interface according to which constraints are only indirectly related to phonetic factors, even when functionally motivated. In the discussion that follows, the head- based definition of ONSET is shown to allow for a consistent, noncontradictory phonological analysis of the syllable position of glides in Korean.