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Title: Syllable Structure and Labial Co-Occurrence in Taiwanese
Authors: Bao, Z. 
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Bao, Z. (1994). Syllable Structure and Labial Co-Occurrence in Taiwanese. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 21 : 73-80. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Labial co-occurrence in Taiwanese, a Southern Min dialect of Chinese, is severely restricted. Syllables cannot contain two labials in the same nucleus, the same rime, or one in the onset & the other in the coda. They can, however, contain one labial in the onset & the other in the nucleus. This peculiar phenomenon can be explained if the syllable has a rich hierarchical structure. Phonological processes that operate on the syllable (eg, reduplication, assimilation, & game language) demonstrate that Taiwanese syllable structue is [C [[G V G] C]]. The labial co-occurrence facts can be understood in terms of hierarchical distance: labials are allowed just in case one is maximally embedded from the other. A flat syllable structure, or a poor hierarchical one (per moraic theories), fails to provide the necessary formal mechanism to account for the facts. AA.
Source Title: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
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