Syllable weight in Amharic


Here we propose that in Amharic, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia, geminate codas, but not other consonants, contribute to syllable weight, supporting the typology of coda-consonant syllable weight systems predicted by Hayes (1989)’s Moraic Theory. Based on data collected through eight months of elicitation-based fieldwork, we demonstrate that two independent processes of the language, stress and reduplication, serve as evidence that in Amharic geminate codas, but not other codas, are moraic. 

Andrew Hedding
Publication date: 
May 30, 2017
Publication type: 
Recent Publication
Sande, H., & Hedding, A. (2017). Syllable weight in Amharic. In Syllable weight in African languages, ed. Paul Newman. John Benjamins. 69-82.