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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A relation between the phonological and semantic components of the grammar is
also necessary in that certain types of information contained in the semantic
component must be made available to the phonology at the highest levels of the
ed in any way, the sentences of the first example are crucially related by the
implicit semantic relation that holds between them, specifically, “sentence 1
THEREFORE sentence,”, an issue that will be discussed more extensively in
Chapter 8 ...
Semantics The s-structure generated by the syntax represents the input to the
semantic component, in particular to the logical form component, the interpretive
part of the grammar that deals with meaning and has as its output logical form.
and of semantics in general, plays a somewhat peripheral role in the discussion
to be developed in this book, we will briefly discuss here the more relevant issue
of semantics with respect to the rest of the grammar, and in particular, 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