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First Advisor

Kyle Johnson

Second Advisor

Rajesh Bhatt

Third Advisor

Ellen Woolford

Fourth Advisor

Luiz Amaral

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When an item moves, it is usually pronounced once but in some cases, it is pronounced multiple times. So, a question is: What determines whether a moved item gets pronounced in only one of its positions or in multiple positions? This dissertation aims at providing an answer to this question by designing a linearization process that yields the correct phonetic realization of a moved item, with a focus on V(P) movement. In particular, this dissertation provides a detailed analysis of how V(P)-doubling cases are linearized and thus show how a V(P) ends up being pronounced multiple times. Regarding the proposed linearization process in this dissertation, following Kusmer (2019), I assume that the basic linearization process contains Candidates Generator G, which generates a set of precedence relations, and Constraints, which pick the right subset from G. As for the Constraints, I adapt the Totality Constraint and the Asymmetry Constraint from Kayne (1994), the Anti-reflexivity Constraint from Partee, ter Meulen and Wall (1990), and Language Specific Constraints from Wilder (1999) and Kusmer (2019). In addition, I propose an Ordering Deletion rule that gets rid of redundant precedence relations and a Set-to-String algorithm that turns a set of precedence relations into a string. Furthermore, I adopt the idea from Fox and Pesetsky (2005) that linearization of precedence relations is implemented in a cyclic way. Also, I employ the idea behind Nunes (2004)'s morphological reanalysis that a higher level node can be linearized instead of the nodes it contains given certain circumstances. Finally, I present the predictions made by the proposed linearization process, which can be evaluated against more data for future research.


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