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On The Relationship Between Codas And Onset Clusters

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A standard view in syllable theory is that there are no dependency relations between onsets and codas. This chapter assumes that there is a close relationship between a second member of an onset cluster and a coda consonant, and that this relationship should be accounted for in a formal theory of syllable structure. It presents such a theory, the split margin approach to the syllable. The chapter shows how the split margin approach to the syllable can formally account for an implicational universal put forward by Kaye and Lowenstamm (1981), henceforth KL, that the presence of a complex onset in a language implies the presence of a coda. It examines two cases of the parallel development of onset clusters and codas. The chapter discusses how the split margin approach to the syllable offers a deeper explanation for the occurrence of Dorsey's Law epenthesis in Winnebago.

Keywords: coda; Dorsey's Law; onset clusters; split margin approach; syllable theory



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