DIRECT EFFECT IN BEATS-AND-BINDING PHONOLOGY
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This article offers an interpretation of the theory of Direct Interface (e.g. Scheer 2005, 2006, 2008) in Beats-and-Binding Phonology (a syllable-less model developed by Dziubalska-Kolaczyk 1995, 2002, 2007, inter alia). The discussion aims to show that a Beats-and-binding analysis meets the criteria of Direct Interface; for example, it can remove the diacritic status of the concept of 'boundary'. The theoretical analysis is supported with a case study of Spanish reparsing, where an Optimality Theory analysis is compared with a Beats-and-Binding formalization. Finally, the paper offers a Beats-and-Binding interpretation of RP English /l/ velarization and /r/ deletion, involving the positional strength of consonants as proposed in Scheer and Ségéral (2001, 2005) and known as the Coda Mirror.
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