This dissertation, first published in 1980, is concerned with the role of the syllable in generative grammar. Kahn argues that the syllable is a necessary element in phonological descriptions by identifying aspects of phonology that seem to call for analysis in terms of syllabic structure and demonstrating the superiority of syllabic analyses over possible alternative solutions. This title will be of interest to students of English language and linguistics.
Introduction; 1. Preliminaries 2. Syllable-Structure Conditioning in Phonological Rules 3. On Word-Based Generalizations with Syllabic Conditioning; Bibliography