Syllable weight in Amharic

Abstract: 

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. 

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