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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We are glad that Prosodic Phonology is now available again after over 20 years
from its original appearance. ... and types of phonological phenomena based on
the fundamental concepts of the prosodic hierarchy and its constituents. We have
Specifically, if we introduce the possibility of a constituent dominating items more
than one level lower in the hierarchy, questions arise as to a) whether all
constituents of the prosodic hierarchy are permitted to dominate material more
than one ...
That is, each constituent of the prosodic hierarchy draws on different types of
phonological and nonphonological information in the definition of its domain.
While the principles that define the various prosodic constituents make reference
The specific relations between the levels of the prosodic hierarchy and the other
components of the grammar, furthermore, are highly constrained. That is, whether
a given mapping rule makes use of a specific type of morphological, syntactic, ...
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
constitute 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