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Title:Reanalyzing Thai glottal codas: probability, perception, and displaced contrast

The distribution of glottal stop codas in Thai is largely predictable, suggesting that they ought to be absent from lexical representations. However, tonal patterns and a handful of exceptional forms seem to require that they be present. This paper proposes a novel approach to this well-known problem, namely, that glottal codas are neither fully absent nor fully present: word-final glottal codas may be underlyingly present, but those in other environments are inserted. A motivation for this epenthesis is suggested by an analysis of the phonetic duration and textual frequency of various syllable types, which indicates that the perceptual reliability of the vowel length contrast would likely be seriously compromised in stressed, open syllables. The glottal coda of a CV? syllable may thus act as a displaced contrast marker for the preceding vowel's shortness.

Contributor (author):Bennett, J. Fraser
Date (W3CDTF):2005
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7821
Extent:24 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7821
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Working Papers 2005-012
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TH
Subject:Thai language
Glottal codas; Phonetic duration; Stress-to-weight; Principle; Vowel length; Linguistic theory; Phonological descriptions
Subject (ISO639):tha
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Bennett, J. Fraser. 2005. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2005-012.
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Country: Thailand
Area: Asia

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