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Geminates: Heavy Or Long?

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The syllabic weight analysis of geminates involves two crucial representational claims: (a) geminates are inherently heavy, and (b) geminates have single specification on the timing tier. The evidence reported in this chapter suggests that both claims are false: not all geminates is mora bearing and geminates have bipositional specification. The chapter brings forth problematical cases for the syllabic weight position from the point of view of the patterning of geminates in terms of weight. It looks at weightless (light) geminates in coda position, and in onset position. The chapter examines the patterning of geminates from the point of view of length. It motivates bipositional, doubly linked geminate structure, and discusses cases where geminates pattern together with consonant clusters. The chapter summarizes the findings and the position on the representation of geminates.

Keywords: bipositional specification; coda position; geminates; onset position; syllabic weight analysis



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