I read up on the Elsewhere Principle. In the linked article two examples are given:

  1. The syntactic comparative "more + adjective" can be overruled by the morphological comparative "adjective+er" for (most) short adjectives.
  2. The morphological plural /-z/ can be overruled by specific phonological mapping rules, e.g. P(TOOTH PLURAL) = /teeth/ (P(X) is the phonological realization of X).

Am I right in recognizing some minimalist influence here in that both examples are in the same direction of syntax → morphology → phonology?

Are there examples of this principle in the other direction?

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    Phonological bonds are stronger than morphological ones, which are stronger than syntactic ones. Rather like atoms and molecules; the farther apart two items are, and the more boundaries there are between them, the less likely they are to influence each other. – jlawler May 22 at 16:35
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    @jlawler thanks, that was my intuition, but I wanted to confirm. – Keelan May 23 at 5:55
  • You're welcome. Oh, and I can't guarantee that this has anything to do with the Elsewhere Principle. Consult your confessor. – jlawler May 23 at 19:37

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