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Title:Prosodically Motivated Focus In Hausa: An Optimality Theory Account
Authors:Joseph Lovestrand
Comment:Published online in Occasional Papers in Applied Linguistics by the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (http://www.gial.edu/opal/index.htm)
Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to address the application by Zimmermann of OT syntactic and prosodic constraints to the Hausa language. It is found that subject movement is motivated by the desire to align the subject with the head of an intonational phrase. This can be accomplished in Hausa by violating lower ranked syntactic constraints (i.e. Stay) or perhaps an economy constraint against structures that require multiple intonational phrases.

Type:Paper/tech report
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