9. Recursive prosodic phrasing in Japanese
University of California, Santa Cruz
Armin Mester [+]
University of California Santa Cruz
Phonology: prosodic phonology; its influence on word structure; Optimality Theory.
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This paper reopens the question of whether two distinct phrasal categories are truly necessary. Is a model of prosodic parsing possible that accounts for all the facts, both in Japanese and in other languages, with a single phonological phrase category? We will argue that such a conception is not only possible, but in fact necessary: multiple categories create problems.