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Luganda and the strict layer hypothesis*

  • Arnold M. Zwicky, Ellen M. Kaisse, Larry M. Hyman (a1), Francis Katamba (a2) and Livingstone Walusimbi (a3)...

The ability of a language's syntax to determine the application vs. non-application of postlexical phonological rules has by now been firmly established in a number of languages. Such rules, which apply above the word level, have come especially from the prosodic aspects of phonological structure, e.g. effects of syllabification, stress-accent, duration and tone. Much of the interest in this syntax-phonology interaction has centred around two general questions: (i) which specific properties of the syntax are available to affect the application of phonological rules?; (ii) how should these syntactic properties be incorporated into the phonology?

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