chapter  4
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The Sonority Constraint and Consonant Clusters

This chapter deals with consonant clusters in Pulaar. We will see in 4.2 that they are governed by a language-specific segmental constraint, which I will call “the sonority constraint”. This constraint explains the distribution of coronal consonants and, as a consequence, the fact that dV markers are found where the weak variant rV would be expected. The VrV variant of the examples in (26) of Chapter 3 is also discussed and explained in 4.3. In 4.4, it will be shown that the domain of the sonority constraint does not include Stratum II. Finally, the problems specific to the glide h and si, sn, st clusters will be discussed in 4.5 and 4.6 respectively.