What Is CVCV and Why Should It Be? by Tobias Scheer

By Tobias Scheer

This e-book offers a improvement of Jean Lowenstamm's concept that phonological constituent constitution could be diminished to a strict series of non-branching Onsets and non-branching Nuclei. The process to hand is named 'CVCV', and emerged from executive Phonology. given that its beginnings within the early 80s, the important declare of this idea has been that syllable-based generalisations are because of lateral relatives between ingredients, instead of to the typical arboreal constitution. the speculation built completes this process: phonological constitution and causality are absolutely lateralised. the 1st a part of the booklet is termed "What is CVCV ?". It provides the homes of the speculation. the second one half focusses at the the explanation why it's invaluable contemplating CVCV a helpful and attainable technique.

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1. 2. Boundary abuse: selling phonology for morphology.. 3. 1. 2. 1. How can you have your cake and eat it ? 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The parametric situation of word-final consonants .... 7. 8. 1. 2. Why are there no extrasyllabic vowels? 3. 4. 5. Why there are no extrasyllabic clusters at the right edge of words 657 532 3. 533 534 535 4. 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 5. 547 6. 548 549 550 551 552 xxxii Table of contents - detail § Page 553 7. 1. 2. Summary: the four primary nuclear objects and their lateral activity in some languages 658 658 661 556 Chapter 13 Argument Eight The Coda Mirror 557 1.

Therefore, they are not the result of any competition (such as constraint interaction). Representations do not emerge; they are (see §309). The genuine research programme of Government Phonology is to build "a syntax of phonological expressions" (first page of Kaye et al. 1990). xlii Foreword "What is at stake here goes well beyond a mere search for interesting or suggestive similarities. " Kaye et al. (1990:194) This programme was implemented by lateralising structure and causality. That is, syllable-related processes do not root in contrasting arboreal structure.

As a result, a permanent in-between was installed: some arboreal structure and causality was lateralised, but other chunks of the traditional syllabic tree were left in place (see chapter 1,8 §165). Therefore, Standard Government Phonology is a hybrid animal. Quite some problems, many of them long-noticed (such as its inability to handle word-final consonants that behave like Codas, see chapter 11,12 §524), originate in this hybridity. For example, an important consequence of the arboreal-lateral hybridity is the redundancy of arboreal structure, something that was made crystal-clear in a largely underquoted article by Takahashi (1993) called "A farewell to constituency" (see also Takahashi 2004:141 ss).

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