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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology$
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Eric Raimy and Charles E. Cairns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182706

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.001.0001

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Phonological Representations and the Vaux-Wolfe Proposal

Phonological Representations and the Vaux-Wolfe Proposal

(p.144) (p.145) 6 Phonological Representations and the Vaux-Wolfe Proposal
Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology

Charles E. Cairns

The MIT Press

Bert Vaux and Andrew Wolfe proposed a theory that syllabification is not exhaustive and that many consonants are left unsyllabified. They argued that unsyllabified consonants are appendices, or segments dominated directly by prosodic nodes higher than the syllable. This chapter argues for a theory of representation different from that of Vaux and Wolfe, one that still countenances unsyllabified consonants but arguably not dominated by any prosodic constituents. It first discusses the notion of prosodic licensing before presenting four alternative models of phonological representation. It then considers the implications of Eric Raimy’s (2000) theory for indicating precedence relationships and the role of the prosodic hierarchy, along with Cairns and Feinstein’s (1982) theory of syllable structure and the Sonority Sequencing Principle.

Keywords:   syllabification, unsyllabified consonants, appendices, representation, prosodic licensing, prosodic hierarchy, syllable structure, Sonority Sequencing Principle, Bert Vaux, Andrew Wolfe

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