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The Verbal Complex in RomanceA Case Study in Grammatical Interfaces$
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Paola Monachesi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274758.001.0001

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Phonology and its Interfaces: The Case of Italian Restructuring Verbs

Phonology and its Interfaces: The Case of Italian Restructuring Verbs

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The Verbal Complex in Romance

Paola Monachesi (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter claims that syntax constructs the basis for a mapping into prosodic structure, using an appropriate algorithm, based on prosodic principles. As a test case, another instance is taken into consideration: Italian restructuring verbs. It also examines the problems that these verbs raise for the interface between phonology and syntax. The constituency test provides evidence that two different syntactic structures should be associated with restructuring verbs, whereas the phonological level, the various rules argue favoring a single configuration. The chapter discusses different algorithms which have been proposed in the literature to account for this non-isomorphism between syntactic structure and phonological structure. It demonstrates that those which are driven by syntactic principles do not make the right predictions in accounting for phonological constituency which is not the case for the algorithm suggested in Ghini (1993). In this algorithm, phonological constituency is mainly driven by prosodic principles.

Keywords:   phonology, Italian restructuring verbs, prosodic structure, algorithm, prosodic principles, syntactic structures, non-isomorphism

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