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Syllable StructureThe Limits of Variation$
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San Duanmu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267590.001.0001

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English I: the maximal syllable size

English I: the maximal syllable size

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(p.148) 8 English I: the maximal syllable size
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Syllable Structure
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San Duanmu (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267590.003.0008

This chapter investigates the maximal syllable size in English. It shows that given the concepts of a potential V, the affix rule, and complex sounds, the maximal syllable in English is CVX. The analysis is checked against an exhaustive examination of the CELEX lexicon of English.

Keywords:   English syllable, CELEX lexicon, onset clusters, coda clusters, sonority‐based analysis, potential V, affix rule, complex sounds, affricates, CVX

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