This paper presents evidence supporting the expectation that phase-heads should have the prosodic status of "clitics" or PWord-adjuncts, which is based on proposals about the cyclic and conservative nature of spellout (Chomsky 2001, Dobler et al. 2009). It is shown that in the Mainland North Germanic languages there is a perfect correlation between whether or not a suffixal determiner behaves as a phonological clitic and the presence in a language of the "double determination" pattern. The phase-head or non-phase-head status of the head realized by the suffixal determiner is claimed to determine both the prosodic status of the exponent and whether it can co-occur with another determiner. The author proposes to analyze double determination as involving variable binding sensitive to binding domains. This work contributes to the understanding of the role of syntactic domains in inhibiting morphophonological interactions and, more generally, to the investigation of phases as domains relevant for syntax-prosody mapping and variable binding.
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