Prosodic Phonology: With a New Foreword
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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Preliminaries 1.0. Introduction In early generative theory, phonology was
characterized by a linear organization of segments and a set of phonological
rules whose domains of application were implicitly defined in terms of the
boundaries of the ...
... purely phonological rules. In the second and third sections, a number of
arguments will be presented that demonstrate why morphological and syntactic
constituents cannot constitute the domains of application of certain phonological
In the discussion of phonological rules operating above the word level, it will be
shown in Chapters 5 through 8 that a number of rules that were thought to have a
syntactic domain of application belong, instead, to prosodic phonology, in that ...
Nasal Assimilation and Stop Voicing, however, are not strictly word internal but
may apply in certain cases across word ... of phonology that makes use of
boundaries to define the domains of application of phonological rules is
That is, it is necessary to define the domains of application of such rules. ... been
used to characterize the domains of phonological rules operating between words
(Bierwisch, 1966; Rotenberg, 1978; Clements, 1978; Napoli and Nespor, 1979).
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Chapter 9 Prosodic Constituents and Disambiguation
Chapter 10 Prosodic Domains and the Meter of the Commedia
Chapter 11 Conclusions
Language and Rule Index