Prosodic Phonology: With a New Foreword

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Walter de Gruyter, Mar 12, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 359 pages

Prosodic Phonology by Marina Nespor and Irene Vogel is now available again. "Nespor & Vogel 1986" is a citation classic - even after twenty years, it is still recognized as the standard resource on Prosodic Phonology. This groundbreaking work introduces all of the prosodic constituents (syllable, foot, word, clitic group, phonological phrase, intonational phrase and utterance) and provides evidence for each one from numerous languages.

Prosodic Phonology also includes a chapter in which experimental psycholinguistic data support the proposed hierarchy.A perceptual study provides evidence that prosodic constituent structure - not syntactic constituent structure - predicts whether listeners are able to disambiguate different types of ambiguous sentences. A chapter on the phonology of poetic meter examines portions of Dante's Divine Comedy.It is demonstrated that the constituents proposed for spoken language also make interesting predictions about literary metrical patterns.

Prosodic Phonology is an important reference not only for phonologists, but for all linguists interested in the issue of interfaces among the components of grammar.It is also a basic resource for psycholinguists and cognitive scientists working on linguistic perception and language acquisition.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Preliminaries
1
Chapter 2 Motivation for Prosodic Constituents
27
Chapter 3 The Syllable and the Foot
61
Chapter 4 The Phonological Word
109
Chapter 5 The Clitic Group
145
Chapter 6 The Phonological Phrase
165
Chapter 7 The Intonational Phrase
187
Chapter 8 The Phonological Utterance
221
Chapter 9 Prosodic Constituents and Disambiguation
249
Chapter 10 Prosodic Domains and the Meter of the Commedia
273
Chapter 11 Conclusions
299
Bibliography
305
Subject Index
319
Language and Rule Index
322
Name Index
325
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About the author (2012)

Marina Nespor, University of Ferrara, Italy; Irene Vogel, University of Delaware, USA.