“A mountain of tongues”: Georgian syllables without c-centers

Date: November 19, 2021

Time: 11:00

Location: SH 4430C/ PC Zoom Room

Speakers: Caroline Crouch (UCSB)

We investigate the relationship between sonority shape and global timing in complex onsets in Georgian. We hypothesize that all onsets, regardless of sonority shape, will show the global timing pattern predicted: the c-center effect, first described in Browman and Goldstein (1988). However, our data show no evidence for the c-center effect, and therefore for global coordination of the syllable onset as a unit, in Georgian. We discuss possible motivations for this unexpected finding and its broader implications for analyses of Georgian and theoretical definitions of the syllable.