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Anti-contiguity: A Theory of Wh- Prosody

Jason Kandybowicz


This book develops a theory of wh- prosody according to which wh- expressions must avoid forming prosodic constituents with overt complementizers at the level of Intonational Phrase. The theory is inspired by Richards’s (2010, 2016) Contiguity Theory and is based empirically on asymmetries in the distribution of wh- items in five West African languages: Krachi (Kwa: Ghana), Bono (Kwa: Ghana), Wasa (Kwa: Ghana), Asante Twi (Kwa: Ghana), and Nupe (Benue-Congo: Nigeria). The observations and analyses stem from original fieldwork on all five languages and represent some of the first prosodic descr ... More

Keywords: wh- prosody, syntax-phonology interface, contiguity theory, anti-contiguity, wh- in-situ, Krachi, Bono, Wasa, Asante Twi, Nupe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197509739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197509739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Kandybowicz, author
Associate Professor of Linguistics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York