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

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

Motivating and Explaining the Structure of Segment Sequences

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

Mark J. Jones [+-]
City University London
Mark J. Jones is Lecturer in Phonetics at City University London. He studied phonetics at the University of Cambridge and has taught phonetics at the universities of Cambridge, Manchester and York, and at the University College London. His main interest is in phonetic universals and phonetic sources of cross-linguistic variation. He is co-editor, together with Rachael-Anne Knight, of the Bloomsbury companion to phonetics (2013).

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Sonority remains the cornerstone of the analysis of syllable structure and syllabification, despite the existence of a circularity in definitions of sonority and a large number of long-standing problems with the sonority hierarchy. This chapter reviews evidence not just for sonority but for syllables themselves, both in perception and production, and argues that the role of segmental events has been underestimated in analysing syllable structure. Alternatives to sonority do exist and these alternatives offer insights into the motivation for many processes which otherwise appear mysterious.

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Jones, Mark. Motivating and Explaining the Structure of Segment Sequences. Challenging Sonority - Cross-linguistic Evidence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 425-448 Oct 2016. ISBN 9781781792278. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25686. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25686. Oct 2016

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