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14) Verb construction types A-U transitive constructions (actor and undergoer argument) i. A-U (animate A affecting inanimate U with generic reference) ii. A-ULOC (animate A affecting specific U: location, purpose/benefactive) iii. A-UREC (animate A affecting another human U: recipient/goal) iv. A-UPAT (animate A or force affecting specific U and causing change of state) U-U transitive constructions (two undergoer arguments) v. U-U (an inanimate U located with respect to another inanimate U) vi.
The second phoneme might be considered as ambiguous and either interpreted as a glide /j/ filling up the coda, or as the second member of the nucleus. Both interpretations are plausible, because they do not violate the core syllable structure, however, the analysis as vowel sequence is supported by the prosodic behaviour of these syllables. 5). CPL-hold-DUR */tɑ’fuɪk/ The vowel sequences /ɛɪ/, /uɪ/, and /ɔɪ/ occur only in open syllables. The vowel /ɪ/ is pronounced as /j/. The other type of vowel sequence is the falling vowel sequence, schematically represented in (38).
CVV(C)/ lu ut fat ‘river’ ‘garden’ ‘corn’ /mɛɑ/ /peːj/ /sɪɛŋ/ mea peei sieng ‘mango’ ‘scorpion’ ‘rice’ As illustrated in (60), disyllabic nouns come in several shapes. The words in (a) consist of two light syllables; the words in (b) consist of a light syllable followed by a heavy one. The words in (c) contain a heavy syllable followed by a light one. Only few of disyllabic words consist of two heavy syllables with bimoraic nuclei (d). The initial heavy syllable typically does not contain a coda.