delete or not
to delete: The contexts of Icelandic Final Vowel Deletion.
In Lingua 118(5): 732-753.
Final Vowel Deletion (FVD) is a phonological rule that deletes
word-final unstressed vowels before initial vowels of the next word. To
date, it has not been studied systematically. The research reported
here is based on data from three different sources. The results show
(i) that syntactic information is insufficient to fully account for the
contexts of FVD application, (ii) that prosodic constituency plays a
crucial role but fails to explain the full pattern because (iii)
eurhythmy may affect phonological rule application at a higher level in
the prosodic hierarchy, and (iv) that focus affects FVD application
indirectly via its impact on prosodic phrasing.