Juncture in bad hair + day

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Jan 31 09:37:47 UTC 2000

As I tried to indicate in my original message, resurrecting the long-
ignored darling of the structuralists phonology, "juncture", it was
defined precisely in terms of lengthening of preceding syllables and
terminal as opposed to internal allophones, and following initial
allophones. In this case, since the "1" ( ' or High) stress is on HAIR
already, having the /+/ after it does not raise the stress higher, but it
does lengthen the duration.
        For those who want to try, note the classic difference in
                WHITE house  (house which is white, not brown)
                White House  (where the US President lives)
There is an open juncture /+/ between the first two and a close juncture
(unmarked) between the second two. The "house" in the first has a 2 ( ^ )
stress on it, while the "House" in the second has a 3 stress on it, and
the duration is shorter, as it is on "White".
        Perhaps we need to resurrect Trager & Smith.

        Rudy Troike

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