My immediate purpose is to lead you to place in juxta-position, that very unusual activity of which I have just spoken with that very peculiar shrill (or harsh) and unequal voice, about whose nationality no two persons could be found to agree, and in whose utterance no syllabification could be detected."
"If now, in addition to all these things, you have properly reflected upon the odd disorder of the chamber, we have gone so far as to combine the ideas of an agility astounding, a strength superhuman, a ferocity brutal, a butchery without motive, a grotesquerie in horror absolutely alien from humanity, and a voice foreign in tone to the ears of men of many nations, and devoid of all distinct or intelligible syllabification. What result, then, has ensued?
Madmen are of some nation, and their language, however incoherent in its words, has always the coherence of syllabification. Besides, the hair of a madman is not such as I now hold in my hand.
Thus, it appears that the importance of the syllable stems from the roles it plays in phonological generalizations including phonotactic patterns, phonological processes, suprasegmentals and syllabification
. This process involves segmenting a word into syllables and encoding each syllable as separate lexical units.
There are cases, he argues, in which "the needs of prosody" force "a non-optimal syntactic structure." It remains the case, however, that, at least in everyday speech, "the actual segmental content of phonological words and syllabification
and stress play no role in constraining syntax, and most details of syntactic embedding are invisible to phonology." (15) A further passage from the previously quoted notebook given to Wynter is revealing here:
Nine papers emerged on such aspects as exploring variation in phonetic reduction: linguistic, social, and cognitive factors; discovering speech reductions across speaking styles and languages; qualitative and quantitative aspects of phonetic variation in Dutch eigenlijk; syllable structure, automatic syllabification
, and reduction phenomena; and rethinking reduction and canonical forms.
Its development may have been possible due to a factor of phonology, rather than derivation--for example, a positional lengthening of l' and a subsequent change of the lengthened l' into l'n for the purposes of syllabification
. The treatment of this question warrants a detailed study.
is another factor that should be heeded in Czech.
Twenty English-speaking participants (potentially more by the time the paper is presented) divided into three proficiency levels completed a syllabification
task for a set of Spanish words, half cognates and half non-cognates, the purpose being to collect their intuitions about vocalic sequences that native speakers judge as diphthongs.