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LINGUIST List 17.2009

Mon Jul 10 2006

Qs: Vowel Categorisation; End-Weight Principle in Spanish

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        1.    Mathias Scharinger, Online Study: Vowel Categorisation
        2.    Cristobal Lozano, End-Weight Principle in Spanish

Message 1: Online Study: Vowel Categorisation
Date: 10-Jul-2006
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
Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Cristobal Lozano <cristobal.lozanouam.es>
Subject: End-Weight Principle in Spanish

Dear Linguists,

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.

Cristobal Lozano
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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