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(In)Direct reference in the phonology-syntax interface under phase theory: a response to Modular PIC

Journal article
Authors Eulàlia Bonet
Lisa L.-S. Cheng
Laura J. Downing
Joan Mascaró
Published in Linguistic Inquiry
Volume 50
Issue 4
Pages 751-777
ISSN 0024-3892
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 751-777
Language en
Keywords phonology-syntax interface, Bantu languages, raddoppiamento fonosintattico, prosodic constituents, phase theory
Subject categories Linguistics, Bantu languages, African languages


While the domains of phrasal phonological processes are, in many interface theories, defined in terms of prosodic constituents, D’Alessandro and Scheer (2015) argue that their proposed modification of phase theory, Modular PIC, renders prosodic constituents superfluous. Phrasal phonological domains can instead be defined directly in the syntax. In this response, we argue that Modular PIC does not provide a convincing new approach to the syntaxphonology interface, as it is both too powerful and too restrictive. We show that the analysis offered of Raddoppiamento fonosintattico in Eastern Abruzzese does not justify the loss of restrictiveness Modular PIC brings to phase theory. Modular PIC is also shown to be too restrictive to account for phenomena, from Bantu languages and others, which have received satisfactory analyses within interface theories that appeal to prosodic constituents. We conclude that Modular PIC does not successfully replace prosodic constituent approaches to the interface.

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