ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994
ISCA Archive ICSLP 1994

Further evidence for bi-moraic foot in Japanese

Kazutaka Kurisu

Intensive study regarding phonological units in Japanese has been focused upon for the past few years. Numerous researchers have proposed some phonological units, among which bi-moraic foot is a valid candidate, considering various phonological phenomena of the Japanese language, and thus far, it has been thought to play important roles as a phonological basic unit in Japanese ([2] [3][6][7][8]). This paper reports further evidence for bi-moraic foot in Japanese given by explicit segmentation experiments, following Otake (1992,1993) ([4] [5]). In the earlier research, the segmentations at the second mora alone could be construed as evidence for bi-moraic foot in Japanese ([6]). In this paper, it is discussed that not only the segmentations at the second mora but also the ones at the fourth mora can be evidence for bi-moraic foot. This is based upon the idea that if the second moraic segmentations are to be evidence for bi-moraic foot, then the fourth moraic segmentations are multiples of the second moraic segmentations. Hence, the fourth moraic segmentations can be interpreted as binary bi-moraic foot, which support the bi-moraic foot theory in Japanese.


Cite as: Kurisu, K. (1994) Further evidence for bi-moraic foot in Japanese. Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994), 367-370

@inproceedings{kurisu94_icslp,
  author={Kazutaka Kurisu},
  title={{Further evidence for bi-moraic foot in Japanese}},
  year=1994,
  booktitle={Proc. 3rd International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 1994)},
  pages={367--370}
}