We explore general strategies for finite-state syllabification and describe a specific implementation of a wide-coverage syllabifier for English, as well as outline methods to implement differing ideas encountered in the phonological literature about the English syllable. The syllable is a central phonological unit to which many allophonic variations are sensitive. How a word is syllabified is a non-trivial problem and reliable methods are useful in computational systems that deal with non-orthographic representations of language, for instance phonological research, text-to-speech systems, and speech recognition. The construction strategies for producing syllabifying transducers outlined here are not theory-specific and should be applicable to generalizations made within most phonological frameworks.


Phonological Theory Consonant Cluster Syllable Type Markedness Constraint Syllable Boundary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mans Hulden
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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