|Authors:||John Harris, Edmund Gussman|
|Abstract:||A word-final consonant is standardly assumed to occupy a syllable coda. An alternative
is to treat it as the onset of a syllable containing a phonetically unexpressed nucleus. The
final-onset analysis is shown to out-perform the final-coda analysis on a range of
phonological phenomena, including syllable typology, stress, vowel length, and consonant
phonotactics. A constraint-based implementation of the final-onset analysis provides a
straightforward treatment of the typological facts.