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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Since we make use of a number of nonphonological notions throughout this book
, we will briefly outline here those characteristics of the morphological, syntactic,
and semantic components that are relevant to our discussion of phonology, ...
to what we will call the morphological word, that is, a unit that corresponds to the
terminal node of a syntactic tree. In addition, it is necessary to distinguish simple (
underived) words from complex (derived and compound) words. In this regard ...
Introduction Among the processes that involve a modification of the sound pattern
of a language, there is a qualitative difference between those processes that
must be formulated with rules that make direct reference to specific
Morphological contexts There are many phonological processes that apply only
under specific morphological conditions. These may be divided into two general
groups on the basis of the type of morphological information required. That is ...
It should be noted that the two types of suffixes, monosyllabic and bisyllabic,
cannot be assigned to different morphological categories. That is, there are no
morphological regularities, such as linear ordering with respect to each other,
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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