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Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian

Samek-Lodovici, V; (2019) Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian. In: Feldhausen, I and Elsig, M and Kuchenbrandt, I and Neuhaus, M, (eds.) Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 15: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 30, Frankfurt. (pp. 178-196). John Benjamins: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Green open access

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Italian displays a scrambling pattern where the structure of the constituent following a postverbal focus affects which of its components can scramble before the focus . The actual governing factor is the prosodic phrasing pro-jected by the postfocal constituent. Scrambling is only possible when it im-proves the stress alignment with the right boundary of the intonational phrase wrapping the sentence. This study provides further evidence that the classic T-model where syntax feeds prosody needs to be replaced by a new model where prosody and syntax interact. As this study shows, OT provides a possi-ble model for such interaction that entirely dispenses with interface-related stipulations.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian
ISBN-13: 9789027203373
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://benjamins.com/catalog/rllt.15.09sam
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Prosody Syntax interface, Focus, Focalization, Information Structure, Scrambling, Prosody, Italian
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1565218
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