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Is /f/ more sonorous than other fricatives?

Insofar as sonority is the phonologization of perceptual prominence and robustness, f would be one of the least-sonorous fricatives, ahead of [θ,ɸ] but behind [s,ʃ,x,χ,ħ], which either have higher-...
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English onsets with /s/ and sonority hierarchy

Syllables do not have to conform to the notion of "sonority sequencing", which is only a rough approximation of crosslinguistic syllable structure tendencies. It is generally recognized (following ...
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English onsets with /s/ and sonority hierarchy

The status of /s/ and sC clusters does indeed pose a problem for phonotactics. /sp, sk/ violate the sonority profile; /sl/ violates constraints against identical place of articulation (POA) in onset; /...
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Is sonority phonological or phonetic?

The term is a phonological one rather than a phonetic one, though given common assumptions about phonological properties, that implies (falsely IMO, but that's another matter) that it is a phonetic ...
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How to make a sonority curve for a word where a 'syllabic consonant' is followed by a vowel or vice versa

Unfortunately, you're dealing with somebody's special theory of sonority, so you have to ask the instructor what's acceptable. This approach attempts to predict "syllabicity", or the fact of ...
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Violations of sonority sequencing principle in English

It is generally understood that the sonority-related generalizations about English are only valid within a root-like domain and not the fully-inflected word (/-z, -d/ give rise to substantial ...
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Where does one find data on sonority hierarchies for specific languages?

The basic method behind making such a determination is that you partition the segments into subsets and look at precede-and-follow restrictions in the language, and impute those restrictions to the ...
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Deducing syllable structure from sonority curve and phonotactics

There is a huge wealth of analytic devices available for mapping segmental sequences into prosodic structures, so many in fact that some people would like to eliminate some of those devices as ...
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Does the English word 'six' violate the Sonority Sequencing Principle?

The codas of six and slabs, [ks] and [bz], are in the order "stop-fricative", and in the sequence of features associated with sonority, fricatives are usually said to be more sonorous than ...
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Is sonority phonological or phonetic?

"loudness" is usually taken to be a perceptual measure (whose acoustic correlate is amplitude). That is, to find out whether one sound is louder than another, you ask someone which is louder. I ...
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sonority hierarchy within vowel backness

There is some evidence indicating that back vowels are more sonorous than front vowels, although the relation could also be based on round (more sonorous) vs non-round, since the data comes from ...
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