14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


A Syllabification Algorithm for Standard Swedish

Robert Bannert

Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, and Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br., Germany

The syllable as a linguistic unit has been the object of much dispute. Even when there is agreement about the number of syllables in a linguistic word, or string of words, spoken distinctly and in isolation, a great number of diverse algorithms has been proposed for syllabification in different languages. A phonetically oriented investigation has started in order to study, from a cross-language perspective, syllabification in spoken Standard Swedish, Greek and French. After having tested six different syllabification algorithms for Standard Swedish in a pilot study, a speech sample of 2001 syllables from two speakers was analysed into syllables by applying the principles of Maximal Onset, Phonotactic Syllable Constraints within the domain of prosodic phrases. This was done independently of morphological boundaries or any sonority hierarchy.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bannert, Robert (1999): "A syllabification algorithm for standard Swedish", In ICPhS-14, 671-674.