[Colloquium] Postcards from the syllable edge: Sonority and articulatory timing in complex onsets in Georgian

In this project I ask what a syllable is and what its role is in utterance organization and speech planning. I approach the syllable from two perspectives in parallel: one sonority-based, and one timing-based. I use Georgian, a language with no restrictions on sonority shape of an onset, and a suite of experiments to systematically investigate the relationship a) between sonority shape and overall timing within the onset, b) between sonority shape and overlap of constituent consonants of the onset, and c) overall timing and morphological profile of onset. Results show that the interplay of multiple coordinations  allows Georgian to maintain both perceptibility of all members of multi-consonantal onsets and the tautosyllabic parse of the onset.