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CV Phonology

A Generative Theory of the Syllable

By George N. Clements and Samuel Jay Keyser




This work introduces a new approach to syllable representation. It proposes an additional level of phonological representation, the CV-tier; which defines functional positions within the syllable. The first three chapters provide an explanation of and support far this new approach from a typologically varied selection of languages, including English, Turkish, Finnish, French, Spanish, and Danish. The last two chapters are devoted to an in-depth application of the theory of Klamath, showing that a radical simplification of the phonological rules of that language is made possible in terms of this new framework. The book constitutes the first full-scale phonological justification for the CV-tier.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262030984 208 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262530477 208 pp. | 6 in x 9 in