Germanic Languages | Seminar in German Linguistics
G835 | 23786 | Tracy Alan Hall

Topic: The Syllable in Germanic

(Cross-listed with L712)

This course will examine recent scholarship on selected topics
pertaining to the role of the syllable in phonological theory. The
goal is to critically examine a number of unresolved problems in
order to prepare students to write an original research paper. The
topics to be investigated will include (but will not be limited to):

a. syllabification and sonority
b. arguments for and against extrasyllabicity and semisyllables
c. arguments for and against ambisyllabicity
d. alternations between glides and high vowels
e. interaction between syllabification and morphological structure

In this course rule-based approaches which rely on the cycle and/or
morphological levels will be compared with more current models, in
which the same kinds of generalizations are captured in terms of
alignment. Although the emphasis will be on the role of the syllable
in German(ic), we will also consider data drawn from a number of
other languages. The course assumes some background in phonological
theory. No knowledge of German is presupposed and all readings will
be in English. The course grade will be based on (a) class
participation, (b) oral presentation of the paper, and (c) the
course paper. The paper need not deal with data specific to

Course materials include a packet containing articles and book
chapters, and instructor-generated handouts.