|Abstract:||This paper argues that syllables may be divided by feet, based
on an analysis of Banawa, an Arawan language of the Brazilian Amazon.
I argue that this is due to the fact that Syllable Integrity is a
violable constraint of UG. This result is important
for phonological theory because it improves our understanding
of the variable roles of syllables and moras in the phonological
systems of individual languages. It also underscores the
need for more fieldwork on the prosodic systems of the
world's nearly 7000 languages. Available data on the prosodic
structures of language lags so far behind data available on
other aspects of grammar that it is premature to base
predictions concerning prosodies on poorly informed notions of
'rarity' or markedness in prosodic structures.