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Does the analysis of syllables via mora imply that syllable duration is quantized?

I think that you've asked a complicated question. I'll try to split my answer into several parts. First, on the topics of "duration" and quantization. A mora is a phonological unit. As with vowel ...
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Is Swahili a Mora-counting language like Japanese?

In essence, Swahili stress has two rules: If the word is shaped like NC(C*)V, the first nasal is syllabic, and stressed. (For example, ḿbwa "dog", ḿtu "person".) Otherwise, the stress is on the ...
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What is the explanatory value of moras: why do we need syllable weight?

The main fact that has to be accounted for is that many languages have phonological processes that distinguish heavy from light syllables, for example in Mongolian, stress is assigned to the first "...
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Components that comprise a syllable

According to Draga Zec in The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology, the older model of onset, rime, nucleus, coda— —was superseded by the mora model— —which can account for everything the notion of 'rime'...
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Does the analysis of syllables via mora imply that syllable duration is quantized?

There are multiple conflicting ideas about what a mora is or does. A mora is an object which allows the possibility of representational contrastiveness, so if a language has short and long vowels, ...
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Most complex examples of timing in written or spoken languages

I have not seen any writing system that uses such kind of timing notation for everyday language. But in the analysis of poetry, feet are annoted with macrons and breves above the written ...
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Is Swahili a Mora-counting language like Japanese?

The term "mora counting" has a specific technical meaning, based on the connection between duration and certain linguistic units (moras, syllables, stress feet). In a so-called syllable-timed language,...
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Most complex examples of timing in written or spoken languages

Look at Japanese (when written in kana instead of kanji) for a good example. Japanese is a mora-timed language, which means each syllable contains a certain number of morae ("beats"), and every mora ...
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The relationship between Mora-timed languages, long vowels and quantitative verse, also the status of Iranian and Balto-Slavo-Germanic?

First, the division of languages into stress-timed, syllable-times and mora-timed is wishful thinking. Phonetic timing differences between languages are much richer than implied by this division. ...
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How many morae would an affricate in the position of a coda have?

Shorter answer: as many as any other single consonant. Coda consonants aren't necessarily moraic – in some languages they are, in some they are not. Affricates are usually single consonants with a ...
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How many morae would an affricate in the position of a coda have?

Short answer: one (probably). Longer answer: The definition of "morae" tends to depend on the specifics of the language and your analysis. They're not something we can necessarily measure ...
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Does Japanese always emphasize the first syllable?

Japanese has pitch accent, which is something different than stress in English. Japanese words are analyzed as composed of morae. Mora is something different than syllable. Pitch accent in Japanese ...
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Most complex examples of timing in written or spoken languages

There are many written languages that cleary distinguish between long and short vowels or consonants. One example is Finnish, where long vowels and long consonants are indicated by doubling the ...
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