UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 14 (2002)

Word-final onsets



A word-final consonant is standardly assumed to occupy a syllable coda. An alternative is to treat it as the onset of a syllable containing a phonetically unexpressed nucleus. The final-onset analysis is shown to out-perform the final-coda analysis on a range of phonological phenomena, including syllable typology, stress, vowel length, and consonant phonotactics. A constraint-based implementation of the final-onset analysis provides a straightforward treatment of the typological facts.

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