LINGUIST List 11.1107

Wed May 17 2000

Qs: Subject-Verb Inversion, Corpora for Intonation

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  1. Paul Rowlett, Subject-Verb Inversion
  2. Misty Azara, Annotated Corpora for Intonation

Message 1: Subject-Verb Inversion

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 10:29:48 +0100
From: Paul Rowlett <>
Subject: Subject-Verb Inversion

Dear all,

"Damn!" said John.

The above example -- typical in fiction writing -- illustrates what 
looks like (but which may well not be) subject-verb inversion in 
English with a finite lexical verb. Interestingly, if the subject is 
pronominal, the "inversion" is impossible; the non-inverted form is 
needed instead.

*"Damn!" said he.
"Damn!" he said.

I have a student who wants to explore these facts, and who would 
welcome information from anyone who knows where they might 
have been discussed in the literature.

Please send responses to:

Many thanks,

Dr Paul Rowlett, Head of French
School of Languages, University of Salford
Salford M5 4WT, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 161 295 4131
Fax: +44 (0) 161 295 5335
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Message 2: Annotated Corpora for Intonation

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 20:00:24 -0700
From: Misty Azara <>
Subject: Annotated Corpora for Intonation

I am looking for corpora that has been labeled with prosodic information
(i.e. ToBI tags). If anyone knows where I might find such corpora, please
email me at I will post a summary.

Thank you,
Misty Azara
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