Minimal prosodic recursion in Khoekhoegowab


Khoekhoegowab tone sandhi shows a long-distance dependency between the verb and tense-marking auxiliaries. This dependency is apparently able to cross other dependencies of the same type, implying the need for recursive prosodic structure. However, elsewhere in the language there is evidence that syntactic structures are flattened into a non-recursive form when mapped to the prosody. I propose that a violable version of Richards' (2016) Generalized Contiguity is responsible for driving minimal recursion exactly where necessary to group the verb and tense marker.

Recursivity in Phonology, Below and Above the Word (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona