This article develops an analysis of a pair of morphological alternations in K'ichee' (Mayan) that are conditioned at the right edge of intonational phrase boundaries. I propose a syntax-prosody mapping algorithm that derives intonational phrase boundaries from the surface syntax, and then argue that each alternation can be understood in terms of output optimization. The important fact is that a prominence peak is always rightmost in the intonational phrase, and so the morphological alternations occur in order to ensure an optimal host for this prominence peak. Finally, I consider the wider implications of the analysis for the architecture of the syntax-phonology interface, especially as it concerns late-insertion theories of morphology.
Morphology | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Phonetics and Phonology | Syntax
Henderson, Robert. "Morphological Alternations at the Intonational Phrase Edge." Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 30.3 (2012): 741-789. doi: 10.1007/s11049-012-9170-8