Why are clusters such as /sk/ (as in sky), /st/ (stop), and /sp/ (spill) allowed as onsets in English? The sonority decreases in these clusters and does that not violate the phonotactic rules?
On a related note, it seems intervocalic clusters such as /ks/ are divided into two syllables instead of counted as the onset of the succeeding syllable: Anaximenes is usually syllabified as /ˌæ.nækˈsɪ.məˌniːz/ instead of /ˌæ.næˈksɪ.məˌniːz/, for example.
Perhaps the latter observation could be explained by rejecting the maximal onset principle, but when combined with the first observation, it seems to show that there is something special about /s/ (and perhaps sibilants in general) in English. I had trouble finding any explanation for this phenomenon, however.
Any insight is appreciated! Thanks for reading my question.