Arrernte: A Language with No Syllable Onsets

  title={Arrernte: A Language with No Syllable Onsets},
  author={G. Breen and Rob J. Pensalfini},
  journal={Linguistic Inquiry},
  • G. Breen, Rob J. Pensalfini
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology
  • Linguistic Inquiry
  • That syllable onsets are present in all languages is widely regarded as axiomatic, and the preference for syllabifying consonants as onsets over codas is considered a linguistic universal. The Central Australian language Arrernte provides the strongest possible counterevidence to this universal, with phenomena generally used to determine syllabification suggesting that all consonants in Arrernte are syllabified as codas at the word level. Attempts to explain the Arrernte facts in terms of… CONTINUE READING
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