Evidence for Schwa + r in phonology

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Feb 8 12:33:56 UTC 2000


Well, historically that may be so. But isn't that exactly one of the routes
to long vowels and diphthongs? In which case I could go with bi-moraicity
but maybe not bi-phonemicity.


>The strongest evidence for the di-phonemicity of /@r/ comes from
>"Brooklyn" and central Southern /@y/ in words like <work>, where the /r/
>segment is palatalized. It is inexplicable otherwise.
>        Rudy

Dennis R. Preston
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