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Syntactic Doubling and the Encoding of Voice in Eastern Abruzzese
Theresa Biberauer and Roberta D'Alessandro
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This paper focuses on an unprecedented use of Raddoppiamento Fonosintattico (RF): in the encoding of voicing alternations in Eastern Abruzzese (EA). RF consistently surfaces in 1st and 2nd person passive structures that would, owing to EA's person-driven auxiliary selection system, otherwise be indistinguishable from their RF-less active counterparts. A very simple syntax-PF mapping algorithm, crucially implemented on a phase-by-phase basis, is shown to be able to account for all the relevant data. Furthermore, it is also demonstrated how the insights derived from the proposed analysis of EA RF offer a transparent window on matters as diverse as the position of auxiliaries in clause structure, the phasal status of different kinds of vPs, the role that syntax may play in conditioning "phono-syntactic" phenomena and the internal architecture of PF.

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Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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