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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of head and complements is correlated with the relative order of main and
subordinate clauses, in this proposal, it is the relative order of heads and
complements that would lead infants to expect a certain relative order of main
and subordinate ...
Distributional cues appear to be exploited as well: it has been proposed that a
frequency-based bootstrapping mechanism is based on infants' ability to track the
order of functors and content words, identified through their different frequency ...
... the application of grammatical processes. Within the model of prosodic
phonology proposed in this book, not only is each prosodic constituent
characterized by the different rules that apply in relation to it, but also by the
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Finally, before we proceed to a discussion of the rules in prosodic phonology, let
us briefly return to our claim that the terminal category of the prosodic hierarchy is
the syllable, since a number of recent proposals have argued for the existence ...
The same can be said about the nature of the word formation processes; that is,
nothing in our model of phonology depends crucially on whether words are built
by word formation rules of the type proposed by Aronoff (1976), by rewriting rules
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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