Bennett, Elfner & Mccloskey (2018) – Prosody, focus, and ellipsis in Irish

Prosody, focus, and ellipsis in Irish
Ryan Bennett, Emily Elfner, Jim Mccloskey
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July 2018
This paper analyzes a certain class of misalignments found in contemporary Irish in the relation between syntactic and phonological representations. The mismatches analyzed turn on the phonological requirements of focus (Verum Focus in particular) and of ellipsis and on how the two sets of requirements interact. It argues that the phonological mechanisms of ellipsis can be overridden when the phonological requirements of F-marking need to be satisfied. The analysis requires a theoretical framework in which the postsyntactic computation is characterized by parallel and simultaneous optimization. In particular, it is argued that certain facets of ellipsis, morphophonology, and prosody are computed in parallel, as in classic Optimality Theory. The analysis also relies crucially on a kind of head movement (from specifier to a commanding head position) whose existence is predicted by current conceptions of phrase structure but which seems to be little documented.

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Reference: lingbuzz/004091
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Published in: To appear in Language
keywords: focus, ellipsis, prosody, allomorphy, irish, verum focus, head movement, polarity, syntax-prosody interface, optimality theory, morphology, syntax, phonology, pronouns