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Sonority & Syllable – Perlmutter (1992) Zach Brenman & Alyssa Thievon February 14th, 2011
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Speech is organized into syllables: Each syllable has a nucleus Language particular conditions determine possible: Onsets Codas The way Phonological strings are organized into syllables depends on the relative sonority of segments Sonority – the condition or quality of being resonant Sonority Peak – what is it?
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**Movement (M) and Position (P) are the two basic segment types in American Sign Language PMP (position-movement-position): IMPROV MP (movement-position): SICK PM (position-movement): TAKE-OFF M (movement): FLY P (position): GERMANY *In this case, it’s a secondary movement (finger wiggling)*
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Secondary Movements and Handshape Changes The way M’s and P’s are organized into syllables can be accounted for by positing a sign language analogue of vowels and consonants M’s correspond to vowels P’s correspond to consonants
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Secondary Movements Secondary Movement – movement of the fingers or wrist whose key characteristic is that it can occur while the hand executes a path movement Types of secondary movement include: Finger bending, hooking, flattening, nodding, etc. Distribution of secondary movement can occur on an M or a P
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Finger Wiggling GO-UP-IN-FLAMES GERMANY **Key point is that the finger wiggling can occur on an M or a P Circling Single Circular Movement Large Arc-Like Movements Small Circling Movement
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course LINGUISTIC 615:461 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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