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Swedish as a [+Continuity] language : left-edge prosody and right-edge morphosyntax

Horne, Merle LU and Roll, Mikael LU (2012) In Discourse and grammar : a festschrift in honor of Valéria Molnár p.333-341
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract in Undetermined

Swedish and French avoid placing focused constituents at the left periphery of sentences. This has previously been suggested to be due to phonological factors. Here, we develop this idea and argue that the reason for avoiding focus at the left edge in these languages is the existence of syntactically related prosodic prominences in the beginning of utterances. Initial focal accents would overlap with the syntactically related accents, forcing a suboptimal prosodic structure. Further, we provide evidence for such a left-edge boundary tone in Swedish main clauses, as well as for a complementary strong tendency in Swedish to associate the right edge of sentences with focus.
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boundary-tone, left periphery, focus, C-continuity, Swedish, prosody
in
Discourse and grammar : a festschrift in honor of Valéria Molnár
editor
Brandtler, Johan; Håkansson, David; Huber, Stefan and Klingvall, Eva
pages
333 - 341
publisher
Lund University (Media-Tryck)
ISBN
978-91-637-0411-6
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English
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yes
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Swedish and French avoid placing focused constituents at the left periphery of sentences. This has previously been suggested to be due to phonological factors. Here, we develop this idea and argue that the reason for avoiding focus at the left edge in these languages is the existence of syntactically related prosodic prominences in the beginning of utterances. Initial focal accents would overlap with the syntactically related accents, forcing a suboptimal prosodic structure. Further, we provide evidence for such a left-edge boundary tone in Swedish main clauses, as well as for a complementary strong tendency in Swedish to associate the right edge of sentences with focus.},
  author       = {Horne, Merle and Roll, Mikael},
  editor       = {Brandtler, Johan and Håkansson, David and Huber, Stefan and Klingvall, Eva},
  isbn         = {978-91-637-0411-6},
  keyword      = {boundary-tone,left periphery,focus,C-continuity,Swedish,prosody},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {333--341},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x92c39d8)},
  series       = {Discourse and grammar : a festschrift in honor of Valéria Molnár},
  title        = {Swedish as a [+Continuity] language : left-edge prosody and right-edge morphosyntax},
  year         = {2012},
}