LINGUIST List 17.2009|
Mon Jul 10 2006
Qs: Vowel Categorisation; End-Weight Principle in Spanish
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Online Study: Vowel Categorisation
End-Weight Principle in Spanish
Message 1: Online Study: Vowel Categorisation
From: Mathias Scharinger <mathias.scharingeruni-konstanz.de>
Subject: Online Study: Vowel Categorisation
The following link starts an online study on the perception of short front
vowels in American and New Zealand English. The experiment is fairly short;
subjects are required to identify spoken vowels by providing orthographic
symbols (described in more detail in the introduction of the study).
Participants must be native speakers of American English maintaining a
three-way height distinction of the vowels in ''bit'', ''bet'', and
''bat'', or native speakers of New Zealand English.
And here is the link:
Thanks for your participation!
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Message 2: End-Weight Principle in Spanish
From: Cristobal Lozano <cristobal.lozanouam.es>
Subject: End-Weight Principle in Spanish
It is well known that the End-Weight principle requires heavy material to
be placed in sentence-final position. This can be observed in English, as
the contrast in (1) shows, where (1a) is preferred over (1b).
a. I saw in the park [the boy who broke your house's big glass window]
b. I saw [the boy who broke your house's big glass window] in the park
This phenomenon can be also observed in Spanish, (2), where (2a) is
favoured over (2b).
a. Vi en el parque [al niño que rompió la ventana grande de tu casa]
b. Vi [al niño que rompió la ventana grande de tu casa] en el parque
While there is plenty of literature on the End-Weight Principle in English,
I have been unable to find relevant work in Spanish. Therefore, I would be
grateful if you could suggest (theoretical or acquisition) work on the
End-Weight Principle in Spanish. Thank you.
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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