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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: November 2019

4 - Interfaces


In this chapter, the ways that sign language phonology and prosodic structure interface with the other components of the grammar will be described, including how the nondominant hand interacts with morpho-syntactic and prosodic constituency. The most novel of the interfaces that will be discussed in this chapter will be the gesture–language interface, but the phonetics–phonology, morphology–phonology, and syntax/semantics–phonology interfaces will be discussed as well. This chapter also describes the details of higher-order prosodic structure not defined in earlier chapters – the phonological word (P-word; also referred to as the prosodic word), phonological phrase (P-phrase), and intonational phrase (I-phrase) – and provides evidence for prosody as independent from the rest of the grammar. This is of paramount importance because, in addition to showing how various components are interconnected, mismatches among different autonomous components of the grammar are one way we know that those components exist.

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