|Title:||Rhythm and Feet in Belhare Morphology|
|Abstract:||Rhythm and Feet in Belhare Morphology
University of California at Berkeley & University of Zurich
In Belhare (Sino-Tibetan, Nepal), consonant prothesis at morpheme
boundaries and deletion of stem 'augments' is found if either metrical
or morphological parsing would violate the bimoraic trochee pattern
that underlies the stress system of the language. This finding
corroborates Dresher & Lahiri's (1991) "Principle of Metrical
Coherence" and provides new evidence for the cross-linguistic
applicability of Crowhurst's (1994) "Tauto-morphemic Foot" constraint.
The data also support a view of the Prosodic Hierarchy as weakly
layered, allowing consonants to be directly dominated by the foot or
word node if they are prothetic and do not therefore need feature
licensing within the syllable canon.