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Re: USAGE: Schwa and syllabification

From:Chris Palmer <chris@...>
Date:Monday, March 15, 2004, 6:46
Danny Wier writes:

> 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.
You can think of the aspiration of the /t/ as a voiceless schwa, if you like. If there is any aspiration. Really, syllabification is a prosodic thing, not a phonetic thing. [+ continuant] doesn't necessarily tell you if the phone is the head of a syllable, so why is it so strange that [- continuant] doesn't necessarily preclude the possibility? --