One particularly important consequence of the Sharing Constraint is that it enables a simple formal definition of LOCAL DEPENDENCIES: they are instances of structure sharing. AVP predicts, because of the !imitations on sharing, that the body of phenomena analysed in Autosegmental Phonology using multiple association consists of two incompatible subparts. Although AP could distinguish local and long distance dependencies pretheoretically (see §3.4), the universal availability of multiple association entails that the pretheoretic difference is not valid theoretically.