Edited by Ingo Feldhausen, Martin Elsig, Imme Kuchenbrandt and Mareike Neuhaus
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 15] 2019
► pp. 178–196
Chapter 9. Prosody-driven scrambling in Italian
In Italian, the syntactic layout of the constituent following a postverbal focus affects whether its internal components may scramble above the preceding focus. The governing factor is the phonological phrasing projected by the constituent. Scrambling is only possible when it improves stress alignment with the right boundary of the intonational phrase wrapping the sentence. This study provides further evidence that the classic T-model where syntax feeds prosody needs to be amended and allow for prosody-syntax interaction. As this study shows, OT provides a possible model for such interaction that entirely dispenses with interface-related stipulations.