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Downstep and Phonological Phrasing in Sandawe

Dobashi, Yoshihito

Sandawe, a Khoisan language spoken in Tanzania, exhibits downstep between words.

In this paper, I examine the domain, or the phonological phrase, where downstep takes place and the effects of focus on phonological phrasing within the framework of Alignment Theory (Selkirk 1995, Truckenbrodt 1995, 1999).

I propose a constraint *Focus-RightEdge that prohibits a phonological boundary that immediately follows a focused constituent. I also address the theoretical issues of branching categories and phonological phrasing.

I provide a preliminary analysis in terms of a condition on Spell-Out within the framework of Multiple Spell-Out theory (Chomsky 2001a, b, Collins 2001a, b, Uriagereka 1999).

This paper is copyrighted, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) - see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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