Exploring the Syntax-phonology Interface: The Effect of Freestanding Form

Yujing Huang


This paper examines a case of Mandarin Tone 3 sandhi, where not being a free-standing form changes the sandhi pattern. It argues that phonological evaluation takes the type of boundaries into account, i.e. a syntactic boundary will map onto prosody only when it is a boundary of a free-standing form. This paper also shows that Mandarin Tone 3 sandhi, which was believed to be a cyclic application, can instead be derived with an output-output constraint.


Tone sandhi; Free-standing form; Syntax-prosody interface

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/amp.v3i0.3670

Copyright (c) 2016 Yujing Huang

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