Hetero-syllabic split L-Geminates: English in Singapore and Hong Kong

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Drawing upon data from Singapore English (SgE) and Hong Kong English (HKE), this paper demonstrates that coda /l/ geminates and splits into [-wl-] when sandwiched between a short vowel and another vowel. This split-gemination of /l/ is problematic for the currently established conception that geminates share phonological features. To solve this problem, this paper proposes that non-terminal nodes contain phonological information via correspondences to the terminal nodes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2008
Event18th International Congress of Linguists - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 21 Jul 200826 Jul 2008


Conference18th International Congress of Linguists
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

User-Defined Keywords

  • Inter-tier Correspondence
  • L-Gemination
  • English
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong


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