The initial CV

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Across all structuralist and generative incarnations, interface theories are based on unwarranted diacritics: #, ω etc. Lowenstamm’s initial CV has paved the way for a non-diacritic interface theory: the carrier of morpho-syntactic information in phonology is syllabic space. The article shows that the initial CV is able to kill three birds with one stone (strength of initial consonants, initial cluster restrictions, syncope of first vowels). It is then argued for the idea that carriers of morpho-syntactic information in phonology reduce to syllabic space (there are no other carriers). Finally, it is shown that boundary information does not belong to the same lexical entry as morphemic information: the initial CV for example is not present in the lexical entry of the word it precedes.


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