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ERIC Number: ED469388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-22
Pages: 14
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Aspects of the Phonology-Syntax Interface in Akan.
Marfo, Charles Ofosu
This paper discusses the phonology-syntax interface in Akan, a language spoken in Ghana and the Cote d'Ivoire, describing a medium of exchange between phonology and syntax. Studies in lexical phonology have distinguished two levels in phonology--lexical and post-lexical--based on how and where phonological rules apply, although some phonological rules also occur at both levels. At the post-lexical level, the phonological rules normally require a particular domain of application, without which they fail to be triggered. The question is where and how to define these domains. The paper discusses aspects of the phonology-syntax interface, referring to noun-noun and noun-adjective phrasal word (compound) constructions, which come along with both tonal and segmental rules applying on the dictates of some constraining conditions. Assuming that the domain of post-lexical rule application is drawn from the prosodic component, the paper argues that although the influence of syntax cannot be undermined, it should not have directly influence the phonology. That is, syntactic inputs and even some phonological information constitute structures underlined in the prosodic hierarchy. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cote d'Ivoire; Ghana