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In addition, we created forty quadrisyllabic and forty trisyllabic versions ending in open syllables, by removing the final consonant of the items in the two sets and changing the final lax vowel into the corresponding tense vowel ([defapoke], [fapoke]).
Note that these definitions imply that tense vowels do not appear in syllables of the category "closed", since syllables with tense vowels and a coda consonant are super heavy.
It is then proposed to modify the basic principles of chain shifting to assert that tense vowels rise along the peripheral path, and lax vowels fall along the nonperipheral path.
all tense vowels tend to be more `peripheral' than lax vowels (i.