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Title: Sillaba aperta. Spigolature in margine ad un vecchio problema.
Authors: Caldarelli, Raffaele
Keywords: Protoslavo;Proto-Slavic language;Lingue slave;Slavic language;Fonologia;Phonology;Sillaba;Syllable
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Studi Slavistici
Source: Caldarelli, Raffaele: "Sillaba aperta. Spigolature in margine ad un vecchio problema". in "Studi Slavistici", vol 5, 2008, pp. 191-201
The Open Syllable: Gleaning on an Old Problem. In the first part of the article, the author offers a short examination of some general problems relating to the open syllable principle, which in his opinion recalls a drift in the Sapirian sense and thus must be taken as a tendency rather than a rule.
Afterwards, the author examines whether the phenomenology of the syllable is as important for the history of the Slavonic languages as Bern tejn maintains. Close-knit analysis encourages us to discard this possibility since, in Slavonic linguistic history, the open syllable structure is neither durable nor deeply bound up with the morphologic structure. Finally, the author contrasts the instability of the open syllable structure in Slavonic languages with the stability of the same structural feature in Polynesian languages. He argues that morphological factors are decisive in maintaining the open syllable structure (as is the case with Polynesian languages) and, conversely, in discarding it relatively early as far as Slavonic languages are concerned.
ISSN: 1824-761X
Rights: If not otherwise stated, this document is distributed by the Tuscia University Open Archive under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution - Noncommercial - Noderivs License (
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