Seminar on Prosody/Syntax Relations
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
|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]
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.
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