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How focus and givenness shape prosody

Féry, Caroline and Ishihara, Shinichiro LU (2009) p.36-63
Abstract

Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara proposes a model of how syntax and information structure (focus and givenness) shape prosody where prosodic phrasing and tonal effects are kept apart. It is argued that the prosodic effects of syntactic structure and those of information structure should be kept apart. It is shown that in German and Japanese, syntactic structure primarily influences prosodic phrasing, which we assume to be recursive. Information structure, on the other hand, influences tonal structure, keeping phrasing intact. In a comparison between the two languages, it becomes apparent that prosodic domains corresponding to focus and givenness domains are subject to tonal readjustments. A further point made in the chapter is that... (More)

Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara proposes a model of how syntax and information structure (focus and givenness) shape prosody where prosodic phrasing and tonal effects are kept apart. It is argued that the prosodic effects of syntactic structure and those of information structure should be kept apart. It is shown that in German and Japanese, syntactic structure primarily influences prosodic phrasing, which we assume to be recursive. Information structure, on the other hand, influences tonal structure, keeping phrasing intact. In a comparison between the two languages, it becomes apparent that prosodic domains corresponding to focus and givenness domains are subject to tonal readjustments. A further point made in the chapter is that the amount of downstep and reset of register domains is language-dependent.

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keywords
Focus, Givenness, Phrasing, Prosody, Register
host publication
Information Structure
editor
Zimmerman, Malte; Féry, Caroline; and
pages
36 - 63
publisher
Oxford University Press
external identifiers
  • scopus:84919841273
ISBN
9780191721786
9780199570959
DOI
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570959.003.0003
language
English
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4138952c-22d6-4948-b82c-66e44d5cde5a
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  author       = {Féry, Caroline and Ishihara, Shinichiro},
  editor       = {Zimmerman, Malte and Féry, Caroline},
  isbn         = {9780191721786},
  keyword      = {Focus,Givenness,Phrasing,Prosody,Register},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {36--63},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {How focus and givenness shape prosody},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570959.003.0003},
  year         = {2009},
}