LINGUIST List 14.3303

Mon Dec 1 2003

Sum: Intonation Break

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  1. Eung-Cheon Hah, Summary of Intonation Break

Message 1: Summary of Intonation Break

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 00:33:06 -0500 (EST)
From: Eung-Cheon Hah <>
Subject: Summary of Intonation Break

For a query about intonation break on Nov 13 (Linguist 14.3103), I've
received a lot of emails from linguists. I would like to express my
thanks to the following people: Vernon Curts, Chris Johns, Bruce
Despain, Kim Schulte, Roger Lass, Jakob Dempsey, Peter T. Daniels,
Bart Mathias, Elena Bashir, Felicia Briscoe, Mike Szelog, and Kathy

No difference in intonation break was reported between the two
cooridnate adjectival phrases of (2a) and (2b). And most of the
respondents pointed out that (1a) is ungrammatical, suggesting that it
should be ''It's nice warm weather.''

Following is the original query:

I'm wondering if the following sentences, particularly the parts in
upper case, have any difference in intonation break. I would
appreciate it if you could send me your opinions at When I get enough responses, I will post a

(1) a. It' NICE AND WARM weather.
 b. The weather is NICE AND WARM.
(2) a. There is a RED AND WHITE sheet in the other room.
 b. The sheet is RED AND WHITE.

Best wishes,

Eung-Cheon Hah 

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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