Khoekhoegowab is a Khoe-Kwadi language spoken in Namibia with predominately head-final word order. However, while most tense / aspect / polarity (TAP) markers follow the verb as expected, many unexpectedly precede it. In some syntactic contexts normally-preverbal TAPs may follow the verb, but normally-postverbal ones may never precede it. This suggests that both classes originate in a typically-postverbal functional head and that the preverbal TAPs are displaced into their surface position. I will show that this displacement is prosodically conditioned, and will provide an Optimality-Theoretic analysis in which prosodic markedness outranks constraints controlling linearization.
This presentation primarily discusses material contained in my dissertation.