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The Sound Patterns of Syntax

The Sound Patterns of Syntax

by Nomi Erteschik-Shir, Lisa Rochman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199556861
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2010
Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Adjunction and 3D Phrase Structure: a Study of Norwegian Adverbials, Tor Afarli
3. The Phonology of Adverb Placement, Object Shift, and V-2; The Case of Danish 'MON', Nomi Erteschik-Shir
4. Is Free Postverbal Order in Hungarian a Syntactic or a PF Phenomenon?, Katalin E. Kiss
5. Why Float: Floating Quantifiers and Focus Marking, Lisa Rochman
6. Prosodic Prominence: A Syntactic Matter?, Joao Costa
7. On the Mechanics of Spell-Out, Steven Franks
8. Semantic and Discourse Interpretation of the Japanese Left Periphery, Mamoru Saito
9. Rhythmic Patterns Cue Word Order, Mohinish Shukla and Marina Nespor
10. Object Clauses and Phrasal Stress, Hubert Truckenbrodt and Isabelle Darcy
11. Optimality Theory and the Theory of phonological Phrasing: The Chimwiini Evidence, Charles W. Kisseberth
12. Functional Complementarity is Only Skin Deep: Evidence From Etyptian Arabic for the Autonomy fo Syntax and Phonology in the Expression of Focus, Sam Hellmuth
13. Syntax, Information Structure, Embedded Prosodic Phrasing, and the Relational Scaling of Pitch Accents, Caroline Fery
14. Deconstructing the Nuclear Stress Algorithm: Evidence From Second Language Speech, Emily Nava and maria Luisa Zubizarreta
15. Focus as a Grammatical Notion: A Case Study in Autism, Kriszta Szendroi
16. Intermodular Argumentation: Morpheme-specific Phonologies are out of Business in a Phase-based Architecture, Tobias Scheer

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