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  • 1 Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Institute for Linguistics English Linguistics Department Benczúr utca 33. H-1068 Budapest Hungary

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.

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