Phonetic linearisation of morpheme-internal phonological structure
Abstract: This paper argues how phonological structure, which consists of head-dependency (asymmetric) relations between categories, phonetically manifests itself in the context of Precedence-free Phonology (Nasukawa 2014, 2017abc, Nasukawa and Backley 2015). In this model, as discussed in the syntax literature (Kayne 1994; Cinque 1993; Kural 2005; Abels and Neeleman 2012, Tokizaki 2013, 2018; Toyoshima 2013), precedence is solely the natural outcome of interpreting the head-dependency relations that hold between categories in hierarchical structure. In the case of English, for example, dependents (which display greater salience in terms of the degree of their carrier-signal modulations) manifest themselves first while heads (which are less salient) are phonetically externalised second at all levels of morpheme-internal phonological hierarchical structure. The mapping process for linearisation takes place at the highest head-dependency level, then moves down successively through the lower levels in a given structure.
Nasukawa, Kuniya. 2019. “Phonetic linearisation of morpheme-internal phonological structure”. Manuscript available in Radical: A Journal of Phonology.