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Tristan McLeay wrote:

>On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, Pavel Iosad wrote:
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>>Is as good an exmple of PM's binarity principle as any, since it
>>prohibits words of less than a foot, thus CV words are impossible (with
>>a few exceptions, such as discourse words, such as Russian _da_ 'yes').
>>The minimal word is CVC in a language which doesn't distinguish length
>>and CVC or CV: in a length-sensitive language.
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>Hm, interesting, I wasn't aware of this. So it's a universal?
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In Optimality Theory, a set of universal *constraints* mandate that the
ends of a word coincide with the ends of a metrical foot. (this means it
is bad if a word has a foot break in it or is too small to fill a foot.)
But other constraints (like one that maintains length contrasts) can
force violations of the foot-alignment if they are ranked correctly.

OT rules.

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