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Article: Vowel insertion in Scottish Gaelic

TitleVowel insertion in Scottish Gaelic
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHO
Citation
Phonology, 2014, v. 31, p. 123-153 How to Cite?
AbstractScottish Gaelic has been cited as an instance of vowel excrescence (Hall, 2006). One of the defining properties of such vowels is that they are phono- logically inert and are not motivated by—nor do they contribute to—the syllable structure of a language. In this paper, we report on a series of ex- periments tapping into native speakers’ intuitions of syllable structure in Scottish Gaelic. Insofar as intuitions about syllable count and syllabification reflect phonological structure, our results suggest that the relevant vowels of Scottish Gaelic are not phonologically inert and contribute directly to na- tive speaker intuitions, affecting the number of syllables and the affiliation of consonants to those syllables. However, our results also establish that the relevant vowels have an intermediate phonological status, distinguishing them from underlying vowels as well.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201666

 

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dc.contributor.authorArchangeli, DBen_US
dc.contributor.authorWarner, Nen_US
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorCarnie, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorHammond, Men_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:35:19Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:35:19Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationPhonology, 2014, v. 31, p. 123-153en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201666-
dc.description.abstractScottish Gaelic has been cited as an instance of vowel excrescence (Hall, 2006). One of the defining properties of such vowels is that they are phono- logically inert and are not motivated by—nor do they contribute to—the syllable structure of a language. In this paper, we report on a series of ex- periments tapping into native speakers’ intuitions of syllable structure in Scottish Gaelic. Insofar as intuitions about syllable count and syllabification reflect phonological structure, our results suggest that the relevant vowels of Scottish Gaelic are not phonologically inert and contribute directly to na- tive speaker intuitions, affecting the number of syllables and the affiliation of consonants to those syllables. However, our results also establish that the relevant vowels have an intermediate phonological status, distinguishing them from underlying vowels as well.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHOen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPhonologyen_US
dc.rightsPhonology. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_US
dc.titleVowel insertion in Scottish Gaelicen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailArchangeli, DB: darchang@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityArchangeli, DB=rp01748en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros232503en_US
dc.identifier.volume31en_US
dc.identifier.spage123en_US
dc.identifier.epage153en_US

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