Organisation syllabique dans des suites de consonnes en berbère : quelles évidences phonétiques?
Rachid Ridouane, Cécile Fougeron.

In this study, we examine consonants sequences in Tashlhiyt Berber in order to demonstrate that their syllabic organization can surface in their phonetic properties. Two types of three consonants sequences varying according to the degree of sonority of C1 are considered. Following syllabification principles of the language, these two types are considered to differ in their syllabic structure. Observation of the linguopalatal articulatory properties of the consonants and of the temporal coordination pattern between these consonants do show differences between the two types of sequences. These phonetic differences are interpreted as reflecting different syllabic structures, and results are confronted to the syllabification of the string proposed on phonological grounds.