It has long been known that vowel length alternations require sentences in Chimwiini to be broken down exhaustively into a sequence of phrases. This paper shows that the accentual facts provide even more robust evidence for what the phrasing of a given sentence is. The phrasing motivated by these two independent phonological phenomena provide critical evidence in support of Selkirk's edge-based approach to phrasing. This paper demonstrates, however, that there is not a unitary principle (specifically, Align the Right edge of a Phrase with the Right edge of a Maximal Projection) that governs phrasing in Chimwiini. The role of focus/emphasis, as well as as the definite/indefinite contrast, are discussed. In addition, a role for Wrap-XP (which requires all the elements in a maximal projection to be wrapped inside the same phonological phrase) is shown to be supported by the accentual data.
|Title of host publication||The Sound Patterns of Syntax|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - 1 May 2010|
- Phonological phrasing
- Phonology-syntax interface