The Sound Patterns of Syntax

The Sound Patterns of Syntax

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In this book leading scholars address the issues surrounding the syntax-phonology interface. These principally concern whether the phonological component can influence syntax and if so how far and in what ways: such questions are a prominent component of current work on the biolinguistics of speech production and reception. The problematic relationship between syntax and phonology has long piqued the interest of syntacticians and phonologists: the connections between
sound and structure have played a key role in generative grammar from its inception, initially relating to focus and the prosodic marking of constituent structure and more recently to word-order constraints. This book advances this work in a series of critical and interlinked presentations of the
latest thinking and research. In doing so it draws on data from a wide range of languages, evidence from disordered language, and related work in language acquisition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 30mm | 744g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • Figures, Tables
  • 0199556865
  • 9780199556861

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Adjunction and 3D Phrase Structure: a Study of Norwegian Adverbials ; 3. The Phonology of Adverb Placement, Object Shift, and V-2; The Case of Danish 'MON' ; 4. Is Free Postverbal Order in Hungarian a Syntactic or a PF Phenomenon? ; 5. Why Float: Floating Quantifiers and Focus Marking ; 6. Prosodic Prominence: A Syntactic Matter? ; 7. On the Mechanics of Spell-Out ; 8. Semantic and Discourse Interpretation of the Japanese Left Periphery ; 9. Rhythmic Patterns Cue Word Order ; 10. Object Clauses and Phrasal Stress ; 11. Optimality Theory and the Theory of phonological Phrasing: The Chimwiini Evidence ; 12. Functional Complementarity is Only Skin Deep: Evidence From Etyptian Arabic for the Autonomy fo Syntax and Phonology in the Expression of Focus ; 13. Syntax, Information Structure, Embedded Prosodic Phrasing, and the Relational Scaling of Pitch Accents ; 14. Deconstructing the Nuclear Stress Algorithm: Evidence From Second Language Speech ; 15. Focus as a Grammatical Notion: A Case Study in Autism ; 16. Intermodular Argumentation: Morpheme-specific Phonologies are out of Business in a Phase-based Architecture
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About Nomi Erteschik-Shir

Nomi Erteschik-Shir is Professor and Chair in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University. She is the author of Information Structure (OUP, 2007) and co-editor with Tova Rapoport of The Syntax of Aspect: Deriving Thematic and Aspectual Information (OUP, 2005).

Lisa Rochman is completing work at Ben Gurion University on the role of focus structure and phonology in floating quantifiers for her PhD dissertation.
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