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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It deals with domains in phonology and the interactions between phonology and
the other components of the grammar, as well as with such related issues as
perception and poetic meter. We have done our best to render the book
Thus, the interaction of phonology with the rest of the grammar was limited to an
interface with syntax such that the output of the syntactic component constituted
the input to the phonological component with the possible intervention of ...
A relation between the phonological and semantic components of the grammar is
also necessary in that certain types of information contained in the semantic
component must be made available to the phonology at the highest levels of the
and of semantics in general, plays a somewhat peripheral role in the discussion
to be developed in this book, we will briefly discuss here the more relevant issue
of semantics with respect to the rest of the grammar, and in particular, the ...
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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