6 Representation of final elision 303
303 Chapter 6 Representation of final elision 6.1 Introduction This chapter focuses on the functioning and the representation of final elision in determiners and proclitics. This chapter is structured as follows. Section 6.2 presents the theoretical framework of Prosodic phonology, which is often used in phonological literature to account for the special status of function words. The same section also reviews the prosodification of function words in previous accounts. Section 6.3 is devoted to the analysis of final elision in Florentine Italian. The first part of this section extensively discusses the prosodification of Italian determiners and proclitics as PWd-external clitics (cf. 6.3.1). The second part of this section focuses on the functioning and the representation of final elision in determiners and proclitics (cf. 6.3.2). Obligatory elision in most masculine singular determiners is analyzed here as an instance of categorical phrasal allomorphy. Frequent elision in most singular determiners as well as infrequent elision in all plural determiners is represented as an instance of phrasal allomorphy with gradient selectional preferences. Infrequent elision in the singular accusative proclitics and in the accusative-dative proclitics is regarded as being carried out by two mechanisms, i.e. phrasal allomorphy with gradient selectional preferences and a prosodic rule applying on free clitics attaching at the level of the phonological phrase. Selectional preferences are not encoded in the case of plural accusative proclitics and elision is analyzed as being accomplished by the above-mentioned prosodic rule. Finally, impossible elision in dative le is accounted for by positing that dative le...
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