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The traditional assumption that a syllabic sonorant consonant ([C]) is to be interpreted phonologically as the surface realization of an underlying /eC/ sequence makes most accounts of SCF in English strongly dependent on syllabification principles and rules.
Since Coda Ambisyllabicity is blocked by a following stressed syllable, the elision of an unstressed vowel in pre-tonic position cannot trigger SCF, not even in cases where the sonorant consonant is in the coda of a pre-tonic unstressed syllable (e.
The empty nuclear position that results from vowel syncope and precedes the sonorant consonant is properly governed by a following filled (and therefore licensed) nucleus, and should, according to the Empty Category Principle, receive no phonetic interpretation.
Sonority constraints, however, cannot explain the failure of sonorant consonants to occur after certain consonants of lower sonority rank.
Slater and Feinman (1985) find a higher percentage of initial sonorant consonants for female names than male names.