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On Nov 25, 2009, at 11◊49 AM, Garth Wallace wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:25:43 +0000, Sam Stutter
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> However "I fled" resolves as "spr&y"Nu"m" which ought to be [spr&amp;.
>>> 'aIN.u:m].
>> 
>> Everyone so far seems to have seized on the hiatus and not the thing which
>> troubles me most on first sight, which is the position of the second
>> syllable division.  That's a really weird thing to do, VC.V is;
>> crosslinguistically languages really really prefer putting a single C in
>> this position in the onset, empty codas being a beautifully fine state of
>> affairs and empty onsets being a mite uncomfortable.  (English may be one of
>> the few exceptions -- Wells argues this, at least, to account for the
>> phenomena like "happy" [h&p.i] where [&] is a closed-syllable-only vowel.
>> But it's certainly not the common behaviour.)
>> 
>> I do wonder how you're pronouncing it in such a way that it's clearly
>> [aIN.u:] and not [aI.Nu:].  Distinguishing those by extra segmental material
>> could well feel be an awkward affair.
> 
> It could possibly be ambisyllabic (which is what I think is happening
> with the /p/ in /h&pi/).


Why not just say that it's the affix?  Because it is the affix, and
not the stem--note: "sap" > "sappy"; "crap" > "crappy"; "bit" > "bitty";
"cod" > "coddy" (like a cod), etc.  When the affix attaches, the
stem remains in tact, whatever it is.

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