Earlier versions of the work reported in this paper were presented at the MFM18 and at the Paris workshop on Bantu Relative Clauses. I would like to thank the audience at these workshops, in particular, Lisa Cheng, Larry Hyman, Marc van Oostendorp, Lisa Selkirk, Tobias Sheer and Jen Smith, along with Hans-Martin Gärtner, Al Mtenje, Hubert Truckenbrodt, Tonjes Veenstra, Paul Howlett and two anonymous reviewers, for helpful comments. The usual disclaimers apply.
An edge-based approach to the alignment of syntactic phases and prosodic phrases1
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
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Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 108, Issue 3, pages 352–369, November 2010
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Downing, L. J. (2010), An edge-based approach to the alignment of syntactic phases and prosodic phrases. Transactions of the Philological Society, 108: 352–369. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2010.01245.x
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
In phase-based syntax, syntactic structure is sent in chunks – spell-out domain by spell-out domain – for phonological interpretation. The spell-out domain of an embedded clause would, then, form a separate phonological domain from its matrix. In this paper, I test this theory on the prosodic phrasing of relative clauses in some Bantu languages, and show that the phrasing contradicts the proposal that embedded spell-out domains necessarily form distinct prosodic domains. Instead, the phrasing is most consistent with a non-cyclic Edge-based analysis, in which only one edge of a syntactic phase constituent is aligned with the edge of a prosodic phrase.