Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

The Syllabic Status of Postvocalic Resonants in an Unwritten Low German Dialect

Grace E. Wiebe, Bruce L. Derwing

Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The status of postvocalic liquids and nasals in the nucleus and coda is investigated using speakers who are illiterate in their mother tongue, Low German, but are literate in a second language, English. Using two experimental techniques, it was found that the postvocalic resonants form part of the nucleus, that there was a hierarchy of cohesiveness depending on the resonant and that the complexity of the coda affects the cohesiveness of the vowel-resonant nucleus. Given the varying cohesiveness of the nucleus, a scalar bonding model of the syllable was proposed as more suitable than a strictly hierarchical one.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wiebe, Grace E. / Derwing, Bruce L. (1992): "The syllabic status of postvocalic resonants in an unwritten low German dialect", In ICSLP-1992, 293-296.