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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 II: syllable inventory and related issues

English II: syllable inventory and related issues

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Syllable Structure

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This chapter examines distributional patterns of English sounds and syllables, using the CELEX lexicon. It shows that most unused syllables are due not to phonological constraints but to the fact that English does not need many syllables to distinguish its inventory of morphemes.

Keywords:   English sounds, English syllable, CELEX lexicon, unused syllables, size of morpheme inventory

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