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Syllable and Segment in Latin

Ranjan Sen


The role of synchronic phonological structure in guiding sound change is much debated, with a reductionist view claiming that the demands of speech production and perception alone motivate and constrain phonological development. The book evaluates the role of syllable structure in five long-standing problems in Latin historical phonology, selected due to their apparent sensitivity to this structural unit: clear and dark /l/, inverse compensatory lengthening, syllabification before stop + liquid in vowel reduction, vocalic epenthesis in stop + /l/, and consonantal assimilations in voice, place, ... More

Keywords: Latin, historical phonology, syllable, dark /l/, compensatory lengthening, stop + liquid, vowel reduction, epenthesis, assimilation, sound change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660186
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ranjan Sen, author
Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Sheffield