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.
There are several
phonological categories whose markedness-as inferred from typical markedness
metrics- fails to match the representational complexity posited for them. More
specifically, glottal stops, geminate clusters, and onsetless syllables are
representationally the simplest of their category, yet other criteria, like
implicational hierarchies, mark them as special. This paper aims at
comprehending this paradox.
attention to some empirical data problematic for the standard approach to syllabification, which derives syllablestructure from the application of an algorithm. The different parses of seemingly identical clusters in word-initial and intervocalic positions
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segments (each of which consists of a bundle of features), but with no explicit reference to syllablestructure. Even in derived forms after the application of phonological rules, there is no construction of syllablestructure. 1 By contrast, model B
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