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The syntax/phonology interface and beyond (in either direction)

This session is supposed to primarily address the issue of the syntax/phonology interface and papers concerning this area of linguistics will be given priority. Yet, as the derivational procedure must interface with PF somehow, contributions in the areas of both generative and formal syntax and hard core phonology are also welcome.

Typical areas of reaseach which we believe are interesting include (but are not limited to):

  • The linearization algorithm: what does it actually mean for something to be "linearized at PF"? And where exactly does this action take place in modular terms: in the syntax, in some interface intermundia, in the phonology?
  • PF movement: why should there be PF movement? What does it mean for a derivational stage to work with both the syntactic tree and the phonological content of the lexicon?
  • What should be able to be deleted at PF? Words, Phrases, CPs? According to which kind of phonological motivation?
  • What is the status of the morphology-specific part (fusion and fission) of Distributed Morphology in the context of the claim that there is no difference between morphological and syntactic computation?
  • Phase theory and Phase Impenetrability: can morpho-syntactic and phonological motivations for Phases be superposed? What are the arguments for strong and weak versions of Phase Impenetrability? Can the morpho-syntactic take according to which a Phase boundary at XP spells out Spec,XP only at the next higher Phase be extended to phonologically motivated Phases?

The format is the customary 20 min. for presentation and 10 min. for discussion. Please send your abstracts to the Conference Organisers at, following the submission guidelines.

Session organisers:
Tobias Scheer
Jacek Witkos