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LINGUIST List 17.1883

Mon Jun 26 2006

Qs: The Prosody of V2 Languages; Dialectology Citation

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        1.    Jacynthe Bouchard, The Prosody of V2 Languages
        2.    Julie Roberts, Dialectology Citation


Message 1: The Prosody of V2 Languages
Date: 24-Jun-2006
From: Jacynthe Bouchard <jacynthe.bouchard044sympatico.ca>
Subject: The Prosody of V2 Languages


I am doing a thesis of the development and evolution of cleft sentences in
French. Marchello-Nizia (1999) says that clefts appeared in French in
late 13th century and developed in the 14th century.

Lambrecht's principle for the formal motivation for the occurrence of
clefts states that the occurrence of clefts in a particular language''...
correlates with the degree of positional freedom of prosodic accents and
syntactic constituents in that language''. (Lambrecht, 2001: 488).

Old French was a V2 language with both lexical and rythmic group stress.
However, French lost both V2 and lexical stress (Marchello-Nizia (1995),
Adams (1988)). One cannot establish a causal relationship between the lost
of lexical stress and the loss of V2 since English lost V2 but retained
lexical stress (See Kemenade (1987), Kroch et al. (1995) and Roberts (1993)
on the loss of V2 in English).

My question is: Do all V2 languages have lexical stress? Do we have
examples of languages with no lexical stress that became V2? If so, have
they acquired lexical stress and at what stage of the evolution process?

I would appreciate any guidance and/or references to resources.

Jacynthe Bouchard
Université du Québec à Montréal

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Phonology

Message 2: Dialectology Citation
Date: 24-Jun-2006
From: Julie Roberts <Julie.Robertsuvm.edu>
Subject: Dialectology Citation


I am seeking citation information for a manuscript I would like to cite.
It is a book, probably from the early 70s, of reprinted dialectology
articles. Most importantly to me, the introduction (By Way of
Introduction) was written by Hans Kurath. I am hoping someone will know
the name/editor of the volume so I can cite the introduction. Thank you
very much.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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