This paper discusses a phenomenon of Latin phonology, word-initial extrasyllabic s, a subcase of what is traditionally called s impurum. Extrasyllabic s behaves unlike other consonants in syllabification, especially at morpheme boundaries, where resyllabification takes place. The odd behaviour of initial extrasyllabic s in poetry is explained not on the basis of clashing metrical conventions but on the basis of principles inherent in the phonological system of Latin.
This article further develops Coda Mirror theory (Ségéral-Scheer 2001a): its shortcomings are identified (overgeneration: the super-weak position predicted has no empirical echo, and the four-way parametric situation predicted in domain-final position is confronted with only two attested configurations), and a solution is proposed by dispensing with the equal-rightedness of government and licensing. Government over licensing is the principle proposed: no constituent can simultaneously be the target of both lateral forces, and if both could in principle apply, government is given precedence. A welcome by-product of this move is a new definition of open vs. closed syllables that makes sense: vowels in the former, but not in the latter, are licensed.
perspective, are parsed as coda–onset sequences word-internally, as coda clusters word-finally and as simplex onset preceded by an extrasyllabic segment word-initially. However, the different parses are obtained in order to obey those syllabification
the right edge as extrasyllabic, that is, a degenerate syllable. 6 Watson (2007) notes that final consonant clusters behave differently from word-final geminates; hence, the members of word-final geminates are linked to one mora while the word
yers . SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics 3 . 427 – 462 . Hall , Tracy Alan . 2002 . Against extrasyllabic consonants in German and English . Phonology 19 . 33 – 75 . 10.1017/S0952675702004268 Harris , John . 1990 . Segmental