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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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Theories of syllable structure

Theories of syllable structure

(p.36) 3 Theories of syllable structure
Syllable Structure

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This chapter reviews previous theories of syllable structure and propose a new one: the CVX theory, according to which the maximal syllable is CVX, where C, V, or X can be a complex sound. Extra consonant at word edges can be attributed to morphology, in particular a potential V, anti‐allomorphy, and the affix rule.

Keywords:   CVX theory, complex sound, potential V, affix rule, peak rule, C rule, anti-allomorphy

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