No compensatory lengthening in OE after loss of /x/ in /lx rx/ clusters

Abstract : This paper argues that the loss of the Old English (hence OE) velar fricative /x/ in intervocalic /lx, rx/ clusters did not result in the non-local compensatory lengthening (hence CL) of the vowel preceding the cluster, in opposition to assumptions in the literature on Old English phonology and compensatory processes. A simple analysis is proposed instead where /x/ in /lx, rx/ clusters gets deleted, with subsequent resyllabification of the liquid into the onset of the following syllable. Arguments against this CL analysis come from phonological theory and manuscript (and comparative) data.
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Published in Cyran, Eugeniusz, H. Kardela, and B. Szymanek (eds.) Sound, Structure and Sense. Stu.. 2012, pp. 239-262
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Daniel Huber. No compensatory lengthening in OE after loss of /x/ in /lx rx/ clusters. Published in Cyran, Eugeniusz, H. Kardela, and B. Szymanek (eds.) Sound, Structure and Sense. Stu.. 2012, pp. 239-262. 〈hal-00985258〉

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