Physiological organization of syllables: A review. Krakow, R A Journal of Phonetics, 27(1):23-54.
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The notion that the syllable is a unit of articulatory organization has long had intuitive appeal, although a series of studies spanning more than two decades failed to support this hypothesis (cf. Stetson, 1951; Draper, Ladefoged & Whitteridge, 1959; Kozhevenikov & Chistovich, 1965; Gay, 1978; Kent & Minifie, 1977; Harris & Bell-Berti, 1984). More recently, however, a new approach to this issue -- one that considers syllables to be characteristic patterns of articulatory organization (Krakow, 1989; Browman & Goldstein, 1995) -- has provided new insights into the nature of syllable organization in speech. This paper reviews the relevant physiological investigations in the literature and presents new data, which together serve to demonstrate that the syllable is, at its core, a physiological unit. The relation between such evidence and phonological patterns is discussed, including cross-language distributional differences between syllable-initial and syllable-final consonants, as well as such notions as ambisyllabicity and resyllabification.
@article{krakow_physiological_1999,
	Author = {Krakow, R A},
	Date = {1999},
	Date-Modified = {2017-04-19 08:04:07 +0000},
	Doi = {10.1006/jpho.1999.0089},
	Journal = {Journal of Phonetics},
	Keywords = {articulation, phonetics, speech production, syllable},
	Number = {1},
	Pages = {23-54},
	Title = {Physiological organization of syllables: A review},
	Volume = {27},
	Abstract = {The notion that the syllable is a unit of articulatory organization has long had intuitive appeal, although a series of studies spanning more than two decades failed to support this hypothesis (cf. Stetson, 1951; Draper, Ladefoged \& Whitteridge, 1959; Kozhevenikov \& Chistovich, 1965; Gay, 1978; Kent \& Minifie, 1977; Harris \& Bell-Berti, 1984). More recently, however, a new approach to this issue -- one that considers syllables to be characteristic patterns of articulatory organization (Krakow, 1989; Browman \& Goldstein, 1995) -- has provided new insights into the nature of syllable organization in speech. This paper reviews the relevant physiological investigations in the literature and presents new data, which together serve to demonstrate that the syllable is, at its core, a physiological unit. The relation between such evidence and phonological patterns is discussed, including cross-language distributional differences between syllable-initial and syllable-final consonants, as well as such notions as ambisyllabicity and resyllabification.},
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