Segmental Phonology And Syntactic Structure

Gorka Elordieta

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199247455
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Segmental Phonology And Syntactic Structure

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This article provides a critical review of the phonological theories that deal with segmental phenomena. It also presents data and arguments that constitute a challenge to these theories and posit the need for considering another way of creating phonological domains from syntactic structure. The article specifically offers an overview of the most relevant theoretical approaches to phrasal and prosodic phonology, namely Direct Reference Theory, Prosodic Hierarchy Theory (PHT), Minimal Indirect Reference model, theories of phonological phrasing, and multiple spell-out and Precompilation Theory. It then devotes itself to a presentation of data that pose problems for these theories and suggests the need for an alternative proposal. If the existence of PHT were proven to be true, one interpretation of the availability of two strategies for mapping phonological constituents from syntactic structure could be that the creation of phonological constituency in PHT terms is a development which simplifies the creation of phonological constituency.

Keywords: Direct Reference Theory; Prosodic Hierarchy Theory; Minimal Indirect Reference; phonological phrasing; multiple spell-out; Precompilation Theory; syntactic structure; segmental phonology

Article.  20918 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Phonetics and Phonology ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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