The influence of syntax on prosodic structure in Japanese
Creators:Venditti, Jennifer J.
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Linguistics
Citation:Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 44 (1994), 191-223.
This paper examines the relationship between the syntactic and prosodic structures of utterances which are structurally ambiguous. Two experiments were conducted involving ambiguous noun phrases (right-versus left-branching) and relative clause constructions containing an adjunct with ambiguous scope of modification. Results of careful examination of the F0 contours and downstepping patterns reveal that inter-and intra-speaker variability as well as depth of syntactic embedding are important factors in determining the prosodic phrasing.
The work reported in this paper was supported in part by an Ohio State University Center for Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Summer Fellowship and a Title VI Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship.
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