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Live interaction sessions on Zoom: Apr 20, 17:00-18:00 (CEST) Feel free to contact us at {dfwu,ysg} if you have any questions or this time does not work for you. **Abstract**: Many Bantu languages exhibit a fixed placement of focus, the so-called *Immediately-after-the-Verb (IAV)* position, which appears after the verb, and at the right edge of vP. In Zulu, elements in this position appear at the edge of a prosodic phrase, and are, as a result, subject to a process of *penultimate vowel lengthening (PVL)*. We compare the degree of PVL at the IAV/vP-final position to other positions which undergo penultimate vowel lengthening and find that elements in the IAV/vP-final position undergo the greatest degree of PVL. We suggest that this supports an analysis of Zulu focus in which elements move to the IAV/vP-final position because it has an inherent prosodic prominence (Cheng & Downing '09), not because it is associated with a low FocusP.
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