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Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session

Abstract

Huariapano, an extinct language of Peru, exhibits an unusual process of coda epenthesis by which the segment [h] is inserted in odd-numbered syllables of the prosodic word. Crucial to an understanding of this phenomenon is the correct interpretation of its metrical function: do these [h]'s represent an augmentation of the strong syllables of trochaic feet, or a partial devoicing of the nuclear vowel in the weak syllables of iambic feet? This article presents the results of an instrumental study which indicates that insofar as their relative duration is concerned, syllable-final [h]'s in Huariapano pattern as fully moraic coda consonants in keeping with the trochaic constraint HeavyFootHead.

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