Minimal Indirect Reference: A Theory of the Syntax-Phonology Interface

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This book investigates the nature of the relationship between phonology and syntax and proposes a theory of Minimal Indirect Reference that solves many classic problems relating to the topic.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
1.1 The problem 3
1.2 Two accounts of the interface 5
1.3 The expressiveness of the phonological parser 9
1.4 Domain Paradoxes 12
1.5 A new proposal for the interface: Minimal Indirect Reference (MIR) 14
1.6 Outline for the book 15
1.7 Summary of proposals made in the book 16
2 Domain Paradoxes 19
2.1 Introduction 19
2.2 The structure of the argument 20
2.3 Domain Paradoxes and violations of domain clustering 21
2.4 Domain clustering violations in Kpa Mende 22
2.5 Kimatuumbi: another violation of domain clustering 38
2.6 Layeredness violations in Luganda 46
2.7 Yoruba Domain Paradoxes 51
3 Contrasting various recent Phonological Domain Generators 57
3.1 Four accounts of Chimwi:ni and Chichewa 57
3.2 The inadequacy of a theory which assumes a unique P 71
4 The Minimal Indirect Reference approach 73
4.1 A thumbnail sketch of MIR 74
4.2 Supporting evidence for theta-domains from Kinyambo 78
4.3 Supporting evidence for theta-domains from Konni 79
5 MIR applied to the Bantu data 85
5.1 Two distinct patterns of phonological domains 86
5.2 An important correlation 89
5.3 How phonological domains are constructed 89
5.4 A syntactic account of Bantu 91
5.5 Verb movement and object shift 92
5.6 British English and phonological domains 103
5.7 Summary and further directions 106
6 Revisiting the visibility conditions on rules 107
6.1 What is a functional projection? 107
6.2 Stress in Spanish 118
7 Kaisse (1985) and MIR 121
7.1 The Connected Speech proposal for the interface 121
7.2 Problems with CS and differences between CS and MIR 125
7.3 P2 rules have lexical exceptions, not P1 rules 131
8 Conclusion 133
8.1 Revisiting the mismatch data 133
Notes 139
Bibliography 149
Index 157
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