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The Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants$
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Haruo Kubozono

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198754930.001.0001

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On the weight of edge geminates

On the weight of edge geminates

(p.260) 11 On the weight of edge geminates
The Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants

Nina Topintzi

Stuart Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on edge geminates (EGs), which, compared to intervocalic geminates, are rarer and potentially structurally different. An initial typology of the weight properties of EGs is presented and observations are made that may predict whether an EG patterns as heavy or light. Moreover, the relationship and possible correlations between EGs and edge consonant clusters in the languages under consideration are explored. An initial finding suggests that if EGs are unique in a language, i.e. the language lacks edge clusters, then the geminate is more likely to pattern as moraic (cf. Trukese and Pattani Malay initially and Hadhrami Arabic finally). Additionally, weightless EGs seem to co-occur with weightless clusters at the same edge. Weight asymmetries between initial and final geminates in the same language are also attested. Finally, tentative thoughts are offered as to why the typology is shaped the way it is.

Keywords:   edge geminates, weight, edge clusters, typology, asymmetries

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