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Vowel Shortening and Surface Ternary Feet : Ternary Rhythm Through Strictly Binary Footing
Language, Information and Computation : Proceedings of The 15th Pacific Asia Conference : 1- 3 February 2001, Hong Kong (2001)
  • Seiichiro Inaba, San Jose State University
Abstract
The focus of this paper is on two types of shortening observed in recent Japanese loanwords and on the trochaic shortening in Fijian. I will argue that the Japanese shortenings take place when a metrically unstable binary foot (extrametrical foot) becomes a stray mora so as to be accommodated into one of the two proposed surface ternary foot structures whereas Fijian Trochaic Shortening occurs when a metrically unstable mora (extrametrical mora) is obligatorily accommodated into the other proposed surface ternary foot structure. I will conclude that the distinct shortening phenomena observed in the two languages can be accounted for simply on the ground of parametrical differences.
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Publication Date
2001
Editor
Benjamin K. T'sou, Olivia O.Y. Kwong, and Tom B.Y. Lai
Publisher
City University of Hong Kong
ISBN
962-442-184-6
Citation Information
Seiichiro Inaba. "Vowel Shortening and Surface Ternary Feet : Ternary Rhythm Through Strictly Binary Footing" Hong KongLanguage, Information and Computation : Proceedings of The 15th Pacific Asia Conference : 1- 3 February 2001, Hong Kong (2001) p. 195 - 202
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/seiichiro_inaba/8/