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LING620 2021A
Seminar on Prosody/Syntax Relations

Mark Liberman and Martin Salzmann

LING620 2021A will explore the relations between prosody and syntax, with an eye on relevant issues at other levels of description, especially discourse structure and allophonic variation. We’ll combine a survey of the field’s intellectual history with a future-oriented assessment of current descriptions and theories. The virtual class sessions will be Fridays 9:00-12:00 EST, starting 1/22/2021.

We welcome participants from all fields, interested in any relevant aspects of language. As a phonetician and a syntactician, our own backgrounds are very different, so we'll try to present and discuss everything in ways that are accessible to all participants, including ourselves.

A longer prospectus is here. Selection among the dozens of possible subtopics will be guided by audience interest.

Schedule and Readings

Date Readings   Notes  
1/22/2021     Week 1 syntax notes     Week 1 outline
1/29/2021     Napoli & Nespor 1979  
  Nespor & Vogel 1982  
  Absalom & Hajek 2006  

  Richards 2010, chapter 3  
  Kawahara et al. 2020   
  "All that glitters is not gold"  
2/5/2021     Selkirk 2011   
  Gut & Bayeri 2004   
  Himmelmann et al. 2018   
  Seifart et al. 2020   
  Cole et al. 2017   
  "What are the relevant aspects of 'prosody'?"  
  "How do we tell?"  
2/19/2021   Kratzer & Selkirk 2007   
2/26/2021     Kentner & Franz (2019)  
3/5/2021     Liberman & Sproat (1992)  
  Cinque (1993) [especially section 9, pp. 272-291]
3/12/2021  Prosodic Duration (notes)
3/19/2021     Pak (2008)[Chapters 1 & 2]  
3/26/2021  Disfluency Readings  "What is disfluency
   and what could it tell us about syntax?"
4/2/2021  Kandybowicz (2006)
   Bobaljik & Wurmbrand (2005)
   Ackema & Neeleman (2003), sections 1-3
  "Adjacency": what and where?
4/9/2021   Goodall (2017)  "The distribution of wanna-contractions
4/16/2021    Feng (2003)  
4/23/2021    Hornsby (2019); Hornsby (2020) Chapters 1&2     (Liaison slides)


Napoli, Donna Jo, and Marina Nespor. "The syntax of word-initial consonant gemination in Italian." Language (1979): 812-841.

Nespor, Marina and Irene Vogel. 1982. “Prosodic Domains of External Sandhi Rules.” In The Structure of Phonological Representations, Part 1, ed. by H. van der Hulst and N. Smith. Dordrecht: Foris Publications. Pp. 225-255.

Absalom, Matthew, and John Hajek. "Raddoppiamento sintattico and prosodic phonology: A re-evaluation." In Selected papers from the 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. 2006.

Richards, Norvin. Uttering trees. Vol. 56. MIT Press, 2010.

Kawahara, Shigeto, Jason Shaw, and Shinichiro Ishihara. "Do Japanese speakers always prosodically group wh-elements and their licenser? Implications for Richards’(2010) theory of wh-movement." (2020).

Selkirk, Elisabeth. "The Syntax-Phonology Interface." The handbook of phonological theory (2011): 435.

Gut, Ulrike, and Petra Saskia Bayerl. "Measuring the reliability of manual annotations of speech corpora." In Speech Prosody 2004.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P., Meytal Sandler, Jan Strunk, and Volker Unterladstetter. "On the robustness of intonational phrases in spontaneous speech: A crosslinguistic interrater study." Phonology 35 (2018): 207-245.

Seifart, Frank et al., "The Extent and Degree of Utterance-Final Word Lengthening in Spontaneous Speech from Ten Languages." Vanguard: Linguist (2020).

Cole, Jennifer, Timothy Mahrt, and Joseph Roy. "Crowd-sourcing prosodic annotation." Computer Speech & Language 45 (2017): 300-325.

Kratzer, Angelika, and Elisabeth Selkirk. "Phase theory and prosodic spellout: The case of verbs." Linguistic Review 24, no. 2/3 (2007)

Gerrit Kentner and Isabelle Franz, "No evidence for prosodic effects on the syntactic encoding of complement clauses in German", Glossa 2019

Mark Liberman and Richard Sproat, "The Stress and Struture of Modified Noun Phrases in English", in Sag and Szabolcsi Eds., Lexical Matters, CSLI Lecture Notes 1992.

Gulielmo Cinque, "A Null Theory of Phrase and Compound Stress", Linguistic Inquiry 1993i.

Marjorie Pak, "The Postsyhtactic Derivation and its Phonological Reflexes", Penn PhD Thesis 2008

Kandybowicz, Jason. Comp-trace effects explained away. In Proceedings of the 25th west coast conference on formal linguistics, vol. 220, p. 228. 2006.

Bobaljik, Jonathan, and Wurmbrand, Susanne. 2005. Adjacency, PF, and extraposition. In Organizing Grammar: Linguistic Studies in Honor of Henk van Riemsdijk, eds. Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver, Riny Huybregts, Ursula Kleinhenz and Jan Koster, 679-688. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Ackema, Peter, and Neeleman, Ad. 2003. Context-Sensitive Spell-Out. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 21:681-735.

Goodall, Grant. "Contraction." The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second Edition (2017): 1-20.

Feng, Shengli. "Prosodically constrained postverbal PPs in Mandarin Chinese." Linguistics 41, no. 6 (2003): 1085-1122.

Hornsby, David. Norm and Ideology in Spoken French: A Sociolinguistic history of Liaison. Springer (2020).

Hornsby, David. "Variable liaison, diglossia, and the style dimension in spoken French." French Studies 73, no. 4 (2019): 578-597.

Lehiste, Ilse. "An acoustic–phonetic study of internal open juncture." Phonetica 5, no. s1 (1960): 5-54.

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