Vowel epenthesis in loanword phonology

However, modern loans may not end in consonants. Erzya[ edit ] The Erzya language has a limited system of vowel harmony, involving only two vowel phonemes: For example, the cartoon character Yogi Bear says "pic-a-nic basket" for "picnic basket.

This distribution still holds true in a lot of native Japanese words, but the wealth of borrowings over the years has made new pronunciations possible.

For example, olympia is often pronounced olumpia. The other Slavic languages instead metathesised the vowel and the consonant: In the Gallo-Romance languageshowever, a prop vowel was added: The process of NG-coalescence might therefore be referred to as the singer—finger split.

Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 46, — These are the alveolar fricatives s and z.


According to Wellsthese reductions occur only in the broadest creole. Tone is orthographically marked in Thai it is possible to determine the tone of a syllable from its Thai orthography. We write them both as th, but there is a voiced and a voiceless one.

This is why there are all kinds of extra vowels in those long katakana words. Borrowed words[ edit ] Vocalic epenthesis typically occurs when words are borrowed from a language that has consonant clusters or syllable codas that are not permitted in the borrowing language.

Orienting attention during phonetic learning facilitates learning. How many times have you read a long string of katakanarepeating it over and over before figuring out what English word it was supposed to be. From vowel harmony it follows that the initial syllable of each single non-compound word controls the frontness or backness of the entire word.

Even if phonologically front vowels precede the suffix -nsa, grammatically it is preceded by a word controlled by a back vowel. Perception and production of word-final alveolar stops by Brazilian Portuguese learners of English.

This inserted vowel is called an anaptyxix or svarabhakti. R and L R and L in American English are both what are called alveolar liquids the tongue touches the alveolar ridge, which is that ridge on the top of your mouth right behind your front teeth. Epenthetic vowels in Japanese: Finnish[ edit ] A diagram illustrating vowel harmony in Finnish.

Crucially, it will be shown that the novel generalization about vowel epenthesis sites and the results of perception experiments employing phonetically diverse stimuli can be best explained by the auditory properties, and not by the sonority profile, which has traditionally been used to explain these data.


Journal of Phonetics, 37, — Codas in Thai ESL. Vowel epenthesis in loanword adaptation: Representational and phonetic considerations Yvan Rosea,*, Katherine Demuth1,b aDepartment of Linguistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St.

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John’s, Nfld, Canada A1B 3A1 bDepartment of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown University, BoxProvidence, RIUSA Received 12 December ; received in revised form 21 June.

3. Japanese Vowel Epenthesis Context-free default epenthetic vowel [ɯ] Japanese does not allow consonant clusters or codas (except [n]), and its loanwords prefer epenthesis to deletion.

This invokes the following ranking: *COMPLEX, CODACOND >> MAX-IO >> DEP-IO. Japanese has a five-vowel system of [a], [e], [i], [o], and [ɯ] as shown in (6) below. Y-cluster reductions are reductions of clusters ending with the palatal approximant /j/, which is the sound of y in yes, and is sometimes referred to as "yod", from the Hebrew letter yod(h), which has the sound [j].Many such clusters arose in dialects in which the rising diphthong /ɪu/ (the product of the merger of several Middle English vowel sequences) became the falling diphthong /juː/.

VOWEL EPENTHESIS IN JAPANESE LOANWORD ADAPTATION. 1. Cristina. Bălan * Abstract: It is a generally accepted idea that vowel epenthesis is the main strategy used to repair illicit vowels in Japanese loanword adaptation; however, little attention has been paid to the quality of epenthetic.

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MITWPL is dedicated to promoting student linguistic research by publishing dissertations and papers and, with the proceeds, equitably funding travel, fieldwork and equipment purchases. mechanisms of loanword adaptation, raising questions about the possible perceptual versus phonological underpinnings of this process.

This paper examines aspects of English and Afrikaans loanword incorporation into the southern Bantu language Sesotho, focusing specifically on the process of vowel epenthesis.

Vowel epenthesis in loanword phonology
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Japanese Loanword Phonology