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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.

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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.

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68 313 332 Kamprath, Christine K. 1987. Swiss-Romansch glide, extrasyllabicity, and the sonority scale. In: Texas Linguistic Forum 28: 28

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Authors: Xiaoliang Luo and Guillaume Enguehard

extrasyllabicity nor magic . Paper presented at Phonologica 2002 . Steriade , Donca . 1982 . Greek prosodies and the nature of syllabification . Doctoral dissertation. MIT

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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

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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

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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

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