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Re: USAGE: Schwa and syllabification

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 7:07
From:    Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
From: Chris Palmer
> > For what little it's worth, my phonology professor once gave us this > > anecdote: Supposedly there is a word /tk=tf=t/ in Berber.
> I honestly don't see how a stop can be syllablic. A fricative like [f=] can, > obviously. More likely the word would be pronounced more like [t@ktf=t] with > a barely-noticeable schwa.
Two years ago I was at a phonology conference in Indiana at which a native speaker of one of these Berber dialects explained that, although phonologically some of these stops might be treated as syllabic, phonetically they do have a distinct epenthetic schwa. With obstruents with higher sonority, such as the fricatives and affricates there, no such epenthesis occurs. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637