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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Preliminaries 1.0. Introduction In early generative theory, phonology was
characterized by a linear organization of segments and a set of phonological
rules whose domains of application were implicitly defined in terms of the
boundaries of the ...
In this regard, furthermore, the rules that build phonological structure must have
access to the stem of a word – that is, the underived, uninflected form of a word –
and to any inflectional or derivational affixes (prefixes, suffixes, and infixes).
On these grounds, we do not consider a rule such as the z-Devoicing rule in
English (cf. abue vs. abu[s]ive) to be a ... we will be concerned in this book only
with prosodic rules, that is, rules whose domain of application may be defined ...
Motivation for Prosodic Constituents 2.0. 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
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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