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Phonological Phrase
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The phonological phrase is a constituent in the prosodic hierarchy that, prototypically, corresponds to sub-clausal noun-, verb-, and adjective-phrases in syntax (XPs).

The phonological phrase (φ), also known as the minor phrase or minor phonological phrase, is the layer of prosody immediately beneath the intonational phrase that combines prosodic words and clitic groups into a single prosodic unit (Nespor & Vogel 1986:165-186; Selkirk 1980, 1986; Horne 1986; Devine & Stephens 1990; Truckenbrodt 1995, 1999; Devine & Stephe…

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David Goldstein, “Phonological Phrase”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000282>
First published online: 2013

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