Vowel quantity and syllabification in English

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Based on the distribution of vowel qualities in medial and final syllables, I argue that there is phonological gemination in English. The analysis is cast in terms of optimality theory and has important implications in several domains: first, ambisyllabicity is not the right way to capture aspiration and flapping; second, languages where stress is dependent on vowel quality are perhaps best treated in terms of the kind of covert gemination proposed here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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