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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As the reader will immediately notice, certain languages have a privileged
position in this book. This is not by chance: they are our native languages –
Italian and English – and some other languages we have learned for necessity or
We have seen investigations of numerous languages and types of phonological
phenomena based on the fundamental concepts of the prosodic hierarchy and its
constituents. We have also seen extensions of the theory into more recent ...
main prominence within it change according to whether in a language
complements follow their head, as in English or Italian, or precede it, as in
Turkish or Japanese. As established in Chapter 6 of the present volume, the
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A. Christophe, and J. Morgan (2004). Phonological phrase boundaries constrain
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in the following chapters, some of the principles that determine the values strong
and weak are universal in nature, while others are language specific. As far as
the details of the patterns of relative prominence and the rules that modify these ...
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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