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Prosody Can Outrank Syntax
David Teeple
454-462 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In this paper the author argues for parallel evaluation of syntax and phonology within OT. The empirical data come from a non-standard variety of French in which lexical selection of portmanteaux vs. periphrastic preposition-determiner forms is dependent both on syntactic economy criteria and on syllable-level prosodic criteria. In pre-consonantal context, syntactic economy prevails and portmanteaux are preferred over periphrastics, but in pre-vocalic context, the constraint Onset overrules syntactic economy and the periphrastic is selected.

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Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Charles B. Chang and Hannah J. Haynie
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