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New Insights into Slavic Linguistics


Edited By Jacek Witkos and Sylwester Jaworski

This volume presents a number of contributions to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society held in Szczecin, Poland, October 26–28. The largest number of articles address issues related to the (morpho)syntactic level of language structure, and several papers describe results of recent research into different aspects of Slavic linguistics as well. The current volume proves conclusively that Slavic linguists make a remarkable contribution to the development of various theoretical frameworks by analysing linguistic evidence from richly inflected languages, which allows them to test and modify contemporary theories and approaches based on other types of data.
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On the Czech Nuclear /r/ and /l/


Aleš Bičan

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

1. Introduction

The sound system of Modern Czech includes two liquids /r/ and /l/ which are non-syllabic like consonants and syllabic like vowels. We will show that traditional descriptions of the distribution of the variants must be revised and made more precise in order to account for their occurrence and function in words like stárl, umrlčí, zrdousit, předlhůtní. The paper will suggest that it is more fruitful to rely on a purely phonological notion of nuclearity, and that the domain of syllabicity/nuclearity needs to be redefined.

2. Syllabicity of the liquids

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