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<p>Live interaction sessions on Zoom:</p> <p>Apr 20, 17:00-18:00 (CEST) <a href="https://mit.zoom.us/j/8994353423" rel="nofollow">https://mit.zoom.us/j/8994353423</a></p> <p>Feel free to contact us at {dfwu,ysg}@mit.edu if you have any questions or this time does not work for you.</p> <p><strong>Abstract</strong>: Many Bantu languages exhibit a fixed placement of focus, the so-called <em>Immediately-after-the-Verb (IAV)</em> 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 <em>penultimate vowel lengthening (PVL)</em>. 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.</p>
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