At a certain point in a macro I have to determine whether shifting the final consonant(s) of one syllable to the next syllable results in a valid onset. Can anyone point me to a complete list of initial clusters for a given dialect, preferably standard southern UK English? I have looked but am only finding examples (and they're examples of orthographic clusters, when I want IPA). I can make my own list of course but would like to check I haven't missed anything.

  • What's wrong with en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_phonology#Onset?
    – Nardog
    Dec 8, 2020 at 14:56
  • It implies the possibility of *tl,dl,bw, it asserts the possibility of *θl based on thlipsis which is a what??
    – user6726
    Dec 8, 2020 at 15:56
  • To OP: do you want orthographic clusters or universally-pronounced clusters?
    – user6726
    Dec 8, 2020 at 15:58
  • @user6726 /bw/ sounds fine to me, e.g. in loans like "bueno" or interjections like "bwuh?"; similarly "abuela" syllabifies as /a.'bwej.lə/. (Though I come from an area with a decently high number of L1 Spanish speakers, which might be influencing things.)
    – Draconis
    Dec 8, 2020 at 17:38
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    I list all the rules that regulate the English initial consonant clusters in this answer: linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/36430/2689 It doesn't include clusters with [j] since it's problematic to decide whether [j] that follows a consonant is a consonant itself.
    – Yellow Sky
    Dec 18, 2020 at 17:25


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