LINGUIST List 9.1091

Sun Aug 2 1998

Books: Phonology

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  1. Jay Rifkin, New book from MITWPL: Phonology-Syntax interface

Message 1: New book from MITWPL: Phonology-Syntax interface

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 18:14:15 EDT
From: Jay Rifkin <jirifkinMIT.EDU>
Subject: New book from MITWPL: Phonology-Syntax interface

New book in phonology available from MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
in 1998:

Truckenbrodt, Hubert (1995). Phonological Phrases:
	Their Relation to Syntax, Focus, and
	Prominence. MIT dissertation. 194 pages. $12.


This thesis investigates what forces relate phonological phrases to
the syntactic representation, to focus, and to the representation of
prominence. The proposal that is defended is that there is a triangle
of syntactic constituency, prosodic constituency, and phrasal
prominence, in which the grammar places a simple demand on each pair
in the triangle:

(a) Syntactic phrases must be contained in phonological
(b) Phonological phrases must have edgemost phrasal
(c) Syntactic phrases must contain phrasal prominence.

These demands are taken to interact with one another as ranked and
violable constraints, where variation among languages is expressed in
terms of constraint reranking. Each relation is argued for
independently. The effects of (a) (previously analyzed as the role of
government in phonological phrasing) will be investigated on patterns
of phrasing in the Bantu languages Chi Mwi:ni, Chichewa, and
Kimatuumbi. The effects of (b), it is argued, can be seen most
clearly in the effects of focus on phrasing, where Chichewa and
Japanese will be discussed as examples. The effects of (c), finally,
which have been discussed in different contexts as either a
directionality parameter of the role of depth of embedding in the
assignment of stress, will be argued to have desirable typological
consequences that set (c) apart from some of its competitors.
Jointly, the constraints will be seen to derive an end-based typology
of the kind familiar from work by Lisa Selkirk.

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