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Non-focal prominence

Ishihara, Shinichiro LU ; Kitagawa, Yoshihisa; Nambu, Satoshi and Ono, Hajime (2018) The 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics In MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 88. p.243-254
Abstract
This paper reports results of two experiments (phonetic production experiment and self-paced perception experiment) on what we call nuclear prominence in Japanese. The goal of this study is two-fold. First, through a production experiment (Experiment 1), we attempt to provide quantitative confirmation of the presence of nuclear prominence in Japanese, which has only been sporadically and informally observed in the literature. Second, we examine in a perception experiment (Experiment 2) whether nuclear prominence has any effect on sentence comprehension. The results of Experiment 1 confirm that the phrase immediately preceding the verb exhibits phonetic prominence. It will also be shown that this prominence is independent of phonetic... (More)
This paper reports results of two experiments (phonetic production experiment and self-paced perception experiment) on what we call nuclear prominence in Japanese. The goal of this study is two-fold. First, through a production experiment (Experiment 1), we attempt to provide quantitative confirmation of the presence of nuclear prominence in Japanese, which has only been sporadically and informally observed in the literature. Second, we examine in a perception experiment (Experiment 2) whether nuclear prominence has any effect on sentence comprehension. The results of Experiment 1 confirm that the phrase immediately preceding the verb exhibits phonetic prominence. It will also be shown that this prominence is independent of phonetic effects of focus, contrary to what has often been claimed in the literature. The results of Experiment 2 then reveal a hitherto unnoticed aspect of nuclear prominence, that is, it also yields an interpretive effect which presumably is independent of focus. The combined results of our two experiments, in other words, point toward the view that the nature of nuclear prominence is not solely phonetico-phonological but is semantico-pragmatic at least in part. (Less)
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nuclear prominence, Japanese, focus
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Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL13)
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MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
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Guillemot, Céleste; Yoshida, Tomoyuki; Lee, Seunghun; ; and
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88
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243 - 254
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MITWPL
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The 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics
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Mitaka, Japan
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2017-05-25 - 2017-05-28
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English
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  abstract     = {This paper reports results of two experiments (phonetic production experiment and self-paced perception experiment) on what we call nuclear prominence in Japanese. The goal of this study is two-fold. First, through a production experiment (Experiment 1), we attempt to provide quantitative confirmation of the presence of nuclear prominence in Japanese, which has only been sporadically and informally observed in the literature. Second, we examine in a perception experiment (Experiment 2) whether nuclear prominence has any effect on sentence comprehension. The results of Experiment 1 confirm that the phrase immediately preceding the verb exhibits phonetic prominence. It will also be shown that this prominence is independent of phonetic effects of focus, contrary to what has often been claimed in the literature. The results of Experiment 2 then reveal a hitherto unnoticed aspect of nuclear prominence, that is, it also yields an interpretive effect which presumably is independent of focus. The combined results of our two experiments, in other words, point toward the view that the nature of nuclear prominence is not solely phonetico-phonological but is semantico-pragmatic at least in part.},
  author       = {Ishihara, Shinichiro and Kitagawa, Yoshihisa and Nambu, Satoshi and Ono, Hajime},
  booktitle    = {MIT Working Papers in Linguistics},
  editor       = {Guillemot, Céleste and Yoshida, Tomoyuki and Lee, Seunghun},
  keyword      = {nuclear prominence,Japanese,focus},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Mitaka, Japan},
  pages        = {243--254},
  publisher    = {MITWPL},
  title        = {Non-focal prominence},
  volume       = {88},
  year         = {2018},
}