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Maximal onset principle

PHONOLOGY: a principle determining underlying syllable division. It states that intervocalic consonants are maximally assigned to the onsets of syllables in conformity with universal and language-specific conditions (see also sonority hierarchy). EXAMPLE: the English word diploma can be divided in several ways: vs. However, the only division that is in conformity with the maximal onset principle is
LIT. Kahn, Margaret (1976a)
Selkirk, E.O. (1981)