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

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

Syllable Structure of Telugu

P. Sailaja

University of Hyderabad, India

This paper sets out the paradox in Telugu syllable division that is seen in the context of language use. While one set of data demonstrates violation of the Sonority Sequencing Principle, another set of rules suggests strongly an adherence to it. The possibility that the violations of the Sonority Sequencing Principle are the result of a no-coda principle operating in the language is examined. A study of certain phonological processes in the language suggests however, that a coda must be posited in the language. It is suggested that the experimental responses and language game phenomena are conditioned deeply by the orthography of the language. It is also shown that when judgement tasks rather than production tasks are performed, different syllabic divisions, ones conforming to Sonority Sequencing are accepted.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sailaja, P. (1999): "Syllable structure of Telugu", In ICPhS-14, 743-746.