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Anti-contiguityA Theory of Wh- Prosody$
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Jason Kandybowicz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197509739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197509739.001.0001

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Prosodic Entanglement and the Anti-contiguity of Wh- and C

Prosodic Entanglement and the Anti-contiguity of Wh- and C

(p.5) Chapter 2 Prosodic Entanglement and the Anti-contiguity of Wh- and C

Jason Kandybowicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the syntax and prosody of wh- in-situ in Krachi. In Krachi, wh- in-situ is available in both root and embedded contexts. Prosodically, embedded complement clauses in the language are parsed as independent Intonational Phrases. The distribution of wh- in-situ in the language is considered against the backdrop of Richards’s (2010, 2016) Contiguity Theory. Given the prosodic facts previously mentioned, Contiguity Theory is shown to be incapable of accounting for long-distance wh- in-situ in the language, motivating an “anti-contiguity” theory of the prosody of wh- and C at the syntax-phonology interface.

Keywords:   Contiguity Theory, anti-contiguity, wh- in-situ, long-distance wh- in-situ, Intonational Phrase, Krachi

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