Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 29, Fall 2016 [article]

(:Unkn) Unknown, University Of Calgary, University Of Calgary, JeongEun Lee, Kelly Burkinshaw, Una Y. Chow, Joseph W. Windsor
2017
This paper analyzes sandhi phenomena in European Portuguese in which coda consonants in word-final position are resyllabified to become onsets in two ways: by epenthesis when they occur at utterance boundaries (excluding /ʃ/), and by associating with following onsetless words (within the same utterance). I present an Optimality Theoretic account for why this resyllabification occurs, which includes a constraint against assigning moras to consonants (*Cμ), and a constraint against having codas
more » ... O-CODA). These constraints work together to produce the facts we see in the European Portuguese data: /ɾ/ and /l/, which I argue are moraic codas, are resyllabified in both environments mentioned above, but /ʃ/, which I argue is a non-moraic coda, is only resyllabified utterance-medially before onsetless words. I then discuss the ramifications that resyllabification across word boundaries has for the relationship between syntactic and phonological words, with reference to Selkirk's (2011a; 2011b) Match Theory; although there is correspondence between words on these two levels, those corresponding items need not consist of exactly the same number of segments.  This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The author would like to thank Dr. Laetitia de Almeida for verifying and editing transcriptions and translations of the EP data. 1 Unless otherwise specified, examples in this paper are drawn from this database but may have been subject to editing.
doi:10.11575/prism/28991 fatcat:66wibmwi6jct3d6mzwx2ixqhmq