The Syntax of Sentential Stress: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Autor Arsalan Kahnemuyipour
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 30 iul 2009
This book explores the nature of sentential stress, how it is assigned and its interaction with information structure. Its central thesis is that the position of sentential or nuclear stress, the element with the highest prominence in the sentence, is determined syntactically and that cross-linguistic differences in this respect follow from syntactic variations. Presented in a Chomskian multiple spell-out framework, the author develops the Sentential Stress Rule and provides a systematic way of accounting for a wide range of cross-linguistic facts, with data taken from Persian, English, German and Eastern Armenian. The author further proposes the Focus Stress Rule to handle the interaction between sentential structure and information structure. Sentential stress is thus determined through an interplay between two components, the default Sentential Stress Rule and the Focus Stress Rule. Syntactic phenomena are not, the author argues, triggered by phonology or prosodic motivations: the relationship between syntax and phonology is always from syntax to phonology.This important contribution to understanding processes at the syntax-phonology interface will interest syntacticians and phonologists at graduate level and above.
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ISBN-13: 9780199219247
ISBN-10: 0199219249
Pagini: 216
Ilustrații: 1
Dimensiuni: 158 x 234 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.36 kg
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Locul publicării:Oxford, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Arsalan Kahnemuyipour is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University. This book is a revised version of his 2004 University of Toronto PhD dissertation. His published work includes articles in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Canadian Journal of Linguistics.