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Query:   Sum: Maximal Onsets
Author:  Ivan A Derzhanski
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   MY BELATED BUT VERY CORDIAL THANKS TO

DAVID DETERDING
JOHN COLEMAN
MOHAMED EMBARKI
GROVER HUDSON
RICHARD KRAUSE
ALEX MONAGHAN
ROB PENSALFINI
MARC PICARD
MARC PIERCE
JOHN REIGHARD
JANE SETTER
DAVID STAMPE
JOE STEMBERGER
SUZANNE WASH <6500WASH@UCSBUXA.UCSB.EDU>

FOR THEIR REPLIES TO MY QUERY ON THE MAXIMAL ONSET PRINCIPLE (MOP) IN
ISSUE 8.391 OF LINGUIST. MY (VERY GENERAL) QUESTIONS WERE:

> * DO I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY THAT THE MAXIMAL ONSET PRINCIPLE IMPLIES
> THAT A VCCV SEQUENCE WILL ALLWAYS BE SYLLABIFIED AS V-CCV IF THE CC
> CLUSTER IN QUESTION CAN OCCUR WORD-INITIALLY IN THE SAME LANGUAGE?

FOUR RESPONDENTS ADDRESSED THIS QUESTION SPECIFICALLY:

JSE: `BASICALLY, YES.'
RK: `YES, THAT IS THE USUAL INTERPRETATION.'
JST: `YES AND NO. IF THE CC IN WORD-INITIAL POSITION IS AN ONSET,
THEN YES, THE MAXIMAL ONSET PRINCIPLE IMPLIES THAT. HOWEVER, THERE
ARE INSTANCES WHERE SOME PHONOLOGISTS CLAIM THAT THE FIRST CONSONANT
OF THE CC IS NOT PART OF THE ONSET. THIS IS ESPECIALLY COMMON FOR
CLUSTERS THAT DON'T FIT THE SONORITY SEQUENCING PRINCIPLE [...].'
JC: `NO: THE SET OF WORD ONSETS IS A SUPERSET OF THE SET OF SYLLABLE
ONSETS. THE MOP REFERS TO SYLLABLE ONSETS, NOT WORD ONSETS.'

>* IS THE MAXIMAL ONSET PRINCIPLE AN ABSOLUTE UNIVERSAL? IF NOT, WHAT
> ARE (SOME OF) THE EXCEPTIONS?

RK WROTE: `THERE ARE MANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS

LL Issue: 8.647
Date Posted: 02-May-1997
Original Query: Read original query