A Phonetically-driven Account of Syllable Weight

  title={A Phonetically-driven Account of Syllable Weight},
  author={Matthew Gordon and Marco Baroni and Katherine Margaret Crosswhite and Gorka Elordieta and Edward Flemming and C{\'e}cile Fougeron and E F Garrett and Steve Greenberg and Larry M. Hyman and Chai-Shune Hsu},
It is proposed that syllable weight is driven by considerations of phonetic effectiveness and phonological simplicity. The phonetically best distinctions are claimed to be those which divide syllables into groups which are phonetically most distinct from each other. Phonologically complex distinctions are those which exceed an upper threshold in the number of phonological predicates to which they refer. It is claimed that languages adopt weight distinctions which are phonetically most effective… CONTINUE READING