Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Relating the Sonority Hierarchy to Articulatory Timing Patterns: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence - Martin J. Ball

Ioana Chitoran [+-]
Université Paris Diderot
Ioana Chitoran is professor of linguistics at Université Paris Diderot. Her research lies at the phonetics-phonology interface, and focuses on the relationship between temporal variability and the emergence of phonological structure and phonotactic complexity. Her work examines data from Romance languages and some languages of the Caucasus.

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It is known that the phonotactics of a number of languages cannot be accounted for by a strict interpretation of the sonority sequencing principle. In this chapter I will review cases of more or less extreme departure from the principle in a variety of languages, focusing on Caucasian languages. Caucasian languages present challenges to syllabification and sonority patterns, typically characterized as sonority reversals or plateaus. Relevant data include the existing consonant clusters of Georgian (South Caucasian) and the developing consonant clusters of Lezgi (Northeast Caucasian). I discuss experimental results of kinematic studies of data from Georgian. The results obtained so far suggest a view of sonority that refers to patterns of temporal coordination. I will propose a possible interpretation of the sonority scale as it relates to articulatory timing.

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Chitoran, Ioana . Relating the Sonority Hierarchy to Articulatory Timing Patterns: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 45-62 Oct 2016. ISBN 9781781792278. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25674. Date accessed: 21 Jan 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25674. Oct 2016

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