Consequences of High Vowel Deletion for Syllabification in Japanese
Jason Shaw, Shigeto Kawahara
January 2018

The EMA study reported in Shaw and Kawahara (2018) showed that Japanese /u/ optionally deletes in devoicing environments, yielding consonant clusters. This paper presents both phonological and phonetic evidence which suggests that these consonant clusters are parsed heterosyllabically. The current results imply a rather surprising conclusion that Japanese allows consonantal syllables headed by a fricative or an affricate, a conclusion that is especially surprising in light of the view that considers Japanese a “strict CV-language”
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Published in: Proceedings of AMP 2017
keywords: high vowel deletion, ema, syllabification, gestural timing, consonantal syllable, phonetics, phonology
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