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Why are English diphthongs not analysed as a vowel and a glide?

The Sound Pattern of English, Chomsky & Halle (1968), treats diphthongs as sequences of vowel plus glide. One reason for this treatment is that there is a difference between [əɪ] and e.g. [ey], ...
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Why are English diphthongs not analysed as a vowel and a glide?

There are certainly authors that analyze English diphthongs as vowel + glide, but as far as I understand the primary reason they are widely analyzed as distinct phonemes is that /j, w/ are otherwise ...
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