Spanish phonology at the syntax interface

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This chapter begins with a description of segmental and suprasegmental phonological phenomena that are found at the phrasal and sentential levels, and the description and discussion of the behavior of the definite article, which involves the interaction of phonology and syntax with morphology. Section 2 is devoted to the interactions between syntax and phonology and approaches to this interface. One question is whether syntax is blind to phonological information or is sensitive to it, an issue that is exemplified with prosodically motivated syntactic movement. Another question is whether phonology has access to syntactic information. Most approaches to the syntax-phonology interface are indirect reference approaches: syntactic structure is not accessed directly by the phonology but is mapped onto prosodic constituents of different sizes. Within Optimality Theory, specific constraints relate syntactic structure and prosodic structure, capturing the observed lack of isomorphism between the two types of structures. This point is illustrated through the discussion of phrasing in Spanish, in which constraints on maximal and minimal prosodic size interact with constraints that align syntactic and prosodic structure. Direct reference approaches are also briefly discussed, and a distinction is made between a more radical view that rejects prosodic structure and a looser view that accepts prosodic domains while at the same time allowing direct reference to syntactic information. Section 3 is devoted to general discussion and concluding remarks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Spanish Phonology
EditorsSonia Colina, Fernando Martínez-Gil
Place of PublicationLondres
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22811-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-78569-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameRoutledge Spanish Language Handbooks


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