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ERIC Number: ED112641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Syllabification and French Phonology.
Walker, D. C.
Cahiers Linguistiques D'Ottawa, n3 p25-41 Aug 1973
Much research has focused on the question of whether phonological rules can and should be stated more appropriately in terms of the syllable than other units, notable segments and various boundaries. Formulation of rules without reference to the syllable obscures the motivation and unity of alternations. French has rules for consonant deletion preceding other consonants and in a phrase-final position which may be summarized: "Delete morpheme-final consonants in syllable-final position." The syllable-final position also affects assimilation, devoicing and neutralization of position of articulation. Syllable-final nasals cause nasalization of the preceding vowel; once again use of syllable boundaries allows simple statement of diverse processes. In French, the syllable-final, or weak, consonant assimilates to the following one. A theory of J. Hooper concerning syllabification on a universal basis is countered with evidence that rules that reposition syllable boundaries cannot be anywhere rules. The French rule of consonantal gemination and the tendency for open syllables support this contradiction. Resyllabification cannot precede the "loi de position"; it cannot therefore be an anywhere rule. Contradictions mentioned here do not completely invalidate the principles of syllabification, although the nature of certain types of resyllabification remains in doubt. (CHK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Univ. (Ontario).