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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Furthermore, it has provided information regarding the roles that the constituents
defined in PP play in the processing and acquisition of language. It is our hope
that these observations, in combination with the original text, will continue to ...
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 ...
that apply in relation to it, but also by the different principles on the basis of which
it is defined. That is, each constituent of the prosodic hierarchy draws on different
types of phonological and nonphonological information in the definition of its ...
In the first part of this chapter, we will briefly discuss the types of rules that are not
subsumed under our definition of purely phonological rules. In the second and
third sections, a number of arguments will be presented that demonstrate why ...
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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