Document Type

Conference Paper

Department/ Unit

Department of English Language and Literature; Department of English Language and Literature


Drawing upon data from Singapore English (SgE) and Hong Kong English (HKE), this paper demonstrates that coda /l/ geminates and splits into [-wl-] when sandwiched between a short vowel and another vowel. This split-gemination of /l/ is problematic for the currently established conception that geminates share phonological features. To solve this problem, this paper proposes that non-terminal nodes contain phonological information via correspondences to the terminal nodes.

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Conference Title

18th International Congress of Linguists

Conference Location

Seoul, Korea