In this paper, two generative phonological models are compared which were developed to account for syllable structure generalizations. The phonological representation of Moraic Phonology (Hyman 1985; Hayes 1989) is contrasted with that of Government Phonology (Kaye et al. 1990). The analysis of these two models is based on both their formal properties and the way they cope with the syllable structure of Carrarese (Carrara, MS). Carrarese is a Gallo-Italic dialect that presents typologically marked tautosyllabic consonant cluster as a result of syncope and apocope. This paper shows that the representational model of Government Phonology provides a better account of the data both from a theoretical (formally more simple and economical) and empirical perspective (greater descriptive adequacy).
|Translated title of the contribution||The importance of syllabic peripheries: Apocope and syncope in Carrarese: comparing two models|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|