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Uttering Trees

Norvin Richards


This book investigates the conditions imposed upon syntax by the need to create syntactic objects that can be interpreted by phonology — that is, objects which can be pronounced. Drawing extensively on linguistic data from a variety of languages, including Japanese, Basque, Tagalog, Spanish, Kinande (Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Chaha (Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia), it makes two new proposals about the relationship between syntax and phonology. The first, “Distinctness,” has to do with the process of imposing a linear order on the constituents of t ... More

Keywords: syntax, syntactic objects, phonology, distinctness, linear order, syntactic nodes, case theory, wh-movement, prosody, cross-linguistic difference

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013765
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013765.001.0001


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Norvin Richards, author

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