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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That is, each prosodic constituent serves as the domain of application of specific
phonological rules and phonetic processes. The development of a theory that
accounts for such domains thus represents a change of focus in the study of ...
in the following chapters, some of the principles that determine the values strong
and weak are universal in nature, while others are language specific. As far as
the details of the patterns of relative prominence and the rules that modify these ...
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
Since the specification of the domain of application of a rule in terms of a
constituent is theoretically simpler — that is, more restrictive – than a specification
of such a domain that refers to subsets of specific types of constituents, such a
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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