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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... segments and a set of phonological rules whose domains of application were
implicitly defined in terms of the boundaries of the surface morpho-syntactic
constituent structure (see Chomsky and Halle, 1968, henceforth referred to as
Specifically, the prosodic constituents built on the basis of information contained
in the morphological and syntactic components are not necessarily in a one-to-
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The position taken in the present study is thus that an adequate theory of
phonology must provide a way of making reference not only to the morpho-
syntactic bracketings of the surface syntactic structure, but also to other syntactic
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It is the latter type of processes, those in which there is no systematic
correspondence between the domains that must be referred to in the formulation
of the process and the constituents of the morpho-syntactic hierarchy, that
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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