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Some notes on phonological phrasing in Brazilian Portuguese

Author(s): Sandalo Filomena | Truckenbrodt Hubert

Journal: DELTA: Documentação de Estudos em Lingüística Teórica e Aplicada
ISSN 0102-4450

Volume: 19;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Prosodic phonology | Stress retraction | Intonation | Phonology-syntax interface

In this paper, we argue that phonological phrasing in Brazilian Portuguese is determined by the interaction of right-alignment of syntactic and phonological phrases (Selkirk 1986) and a eurythmic factor of Uniformity (Ghini 1993), which prefers p-phrases of equal prosodic length. The Uniformity requirement shows some unexpected properties. It is not tied to a preferred length of p-phrases, and it appears to be restricted to p-phrases overlapping with the subject and the verb of the clause.
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