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Title:On the phonological conditioning of clitic placement in Zapotec
Authors:George Aaron Broadwell
Comment:A paper presented at the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas, March 2000, University of Toronto.
Abstract:On the phonological conditioning of clitic placement in Zapotec

George Aaron Broadwell
University of Albany, State University of New York

Clitic placement in San Dionicio Ocotepec Zapotec is determined by a
combination of syntactic and phonological factors. The most important
of these is alignment with the edge of a phonological phrase. In an
optimality-theoretic account, it is possible to rank some phonological
alignment constraints above syntactic alignment constraints in a way
that correctly accounts for the data. Alternatives which seek to
derive clitic placement through syntactic movement operations face
insuperable problems with the range of positions in which these
clitics appear.
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