365 Conclusion Building on quantitative data, i.e. on corpus data (4,405 contexts), on elicited data (2,259 contexts), and on their pooled results (6,456 contexts), this monograph investigates the functioning and the constraining factors of final vowel elision in determiners and proclitics in Florentine Italian and advances a proposal for its representation within the framework of a phonological theory. In the few remaining pages, I will recapitulate the main findings achieved throughout this monograph. The function words analyzed are twelve determiners (i.e. un(o), l(o), una, la, le, quell(o), quella, quelle, questo, questa, questi, and queste) and nine proclitics (i.e. lo, la, li, leacc, mi, ti, ci, vi, and ledat). Five factors that may be influencing final elision were tested both in the corpus study and in the production experiment: (i) function word class (i.e. determiners vs. proclitics); (ii) the morphological category of gender (i.e. [ ] vs. [feminine]) expressed by final vowels; (iii) the morphological category of number ([ ] vs. [plural]) realized by final vowels; (iv) the quality (i.e. high vs. non-high) of the elidable vowels; and (v) the phonological specification for place and height of the elidable vowels. Only two of the five factors investigated turned out to significantly constrain final elision, i.e. function word class and the morphological category of number. With respect to function word class, the final vowels of determiners present higher elision rates (86 percent) than the final vowels of proclitics (28 percent) in the pooled data. As far as the morphological category...
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