Syllabic consonants

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 3 23:37:45 UTC 2009


Give us some words we can hear.  How about your own sound files.  I don't recall hearing any syllabic consonants in my work.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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> Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 17:40:45 -0500
> From: paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
> Subject: Re: Syllabic consonants
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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> Poster: Paul Johnston
> Subject: Re: Syllabic consonants
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> Direct him to the languages of the Salish group here--syllabic
> fricatives galore--and we all have them in our own English allegro
> speech.
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> Paul Johnston
> On Feb 28, 2009, at 4:50 PM, Geoffrey Nathan wrote:
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>> Poster: Geoffrey Nathan
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>> I will break my vow here not to enter into discussions with Mr. Z,
>> but his comment
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>>> Syllabic "l" is not a good concept. A syllable needs a vowel.
>>> Also if you add a suffix you might need that vowel.
>>> For instand cannibalize. It's not pronounced cannablize.
>>> But a "syllabic l" would wipe out the vowel that is necessary
>>> there. Syllabic l is bad concept that is worthless.
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>> is insulting to Czech speakers living in Brno (syllabic trilled
>> rhotic) and those who speak Srpski (Serbian), not to mention those
>> who live in Plzen (syllabic lateral approximant) or drink the
>> 'Plsner' that comes from there. Not to mention all American
>> English speakers who have syllabic [n]'s in 'button' [bV?n,]
>> (V=caret; ,=syllabic marker under n). Then there's Tamazight
>> Berber with syllabic f's and even t's: /tf`tk`ts`tt/ `you
>> sprained it' (http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/~jcoleman/TPS.html).
>> And, of course, there is a contrast between syllabic [l,] and non-
>> syllabic [l] in cases such as the famous pair 'coddling' (treating
>> with kid gloves) and 'codling' (baby cod). M-W, for example,
>> illustrates this contrast (and no, I'm not making a substantive
>> claim about the phonemes of English here--I suspect there's
>> actually an underlying schwa there, but as with all sonorants, the
>> coda spreads into the nucleus in unstressed syllables.)
>>
>> Geoff
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>> Geoffrey S. Nathan
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