DELTA: Documentação de Estudos em Lingüística Teórica e Aplicada
On-line version ISSN 1678-460X
SANDALO, Filomena and TRUCKENBRODT, Hubert. Some notes on phonological phrasing in Brazilian Portuguese. DELTA [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.1, pp. 1-30. ISSN 1678-460X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-44502003000100001.
In this paper, we argue that phonological phrasing in Brazilian Portuguese is determined by the interaction of right-alignment of syntactic and phonological phrases (Selkirk 1986) and a eurythmic factor of Uniformity (Ghini 1993), which prefers p-phrases of equal prosodic length. The Uniformity requirement shows some unexpected properties. It is not tied to a preferred length of p-phrases, and it appears to be restricted to p-phrases overlapping with the subject and the verb of the clause.
Keywords : Prosodic phonology; Stress retraction; Intonation; Phonology-syntax interface.