Cyclic syllabification in Mongolian

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Mongolian is a language with a rich suffix-based morphology. Underlying forms can contain long consonant strings into which schwa vowels must be epenthesized in order to create well-formed syllables. Syllabification (including epenthesis) is governed by universal principles (the sonority law, maximality, and directionality) and a few language specific rules. Syllabification is cyclic in relation to the morphology, as is shown directly by minimal pairs having the same underlying segments but different syllabifications due to different morphological structure.

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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-766
JournalNatural Language & Linguistic Theory
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)