Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Experiments on the Syllable in Hindi

Manjari Ohala

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA

This paper reports the results of two experiments testing aspects of the syllable in Hindi. The first experiment provides support for the universality of the 'onset-first' principle of syllabification proposed by phonologists for intervocalic single consonants. However, the data do not support this principle in the case of intervocalic consonant clusters. A second experiment explored claims regarding the internal structure of the syllable. Subjects showed no preference between an 'onset-rhyme' (C-VC) division vs. a 'head-coda' (CV-C) division, suggesting that the organization of the syllable in Hindi might be 'flat'.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ohala, Manjari (1994): "Experiments on the syllable in hindi", In ICSLP-1994, 487-490.