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LINGUIST List 20.2868

Mon Aug 24 2009

Books: Phonology/Syntax/Ling Theories: Kahnemuyipour

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        1.    Elyse Turr, The Syntax of Sentential Stress: Kahnemuyipour

Message 1: The Syntax of Sentential Stress: Kahnemuyipour
Date: 24-Aug-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: The Syntax of Sentential Stress: Kahnemuyipour
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Title: The Syntax of Sentential Stress
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Arsalan Kahnemuyipour
Hardback: ISBN: 0199219230 9780199219230 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199219249 9780199219247 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 39.95

This book explores the nature of sentential stress, how it is assigned and
its interaction with information structure. Its central thesis is that the
position of sentential or nuclear stress, the element with the highest
prominence in the sentence, is determined syntactically and that
cross-linguistic differences in this respect follow from syntactic
variations. Presented in a Chomskian multiple spell-out framework, the
author develops the Sentential Stress Rule and provides a systematic way of
accounting for a wide range of cross-linguistic facts, with data taken from
Persian, English, German and Eastern Armenian. The author further proposes
the Focus Stress Rule to handle the interaction between sentential
structure and information structure. Sentential stress is thus determined
through an interplay between two components, the default Sentential Stress
Rule and the Focus Stress Rule. Syntactic phenomena are not, the author
argues, triggered by phonology or prosodic motivations: the relationship
between syntax and phonology is always from syntax to phonology.

This important contribution to understanding processes at the
syntax-phonology interface will interest syntacticians and phonologists at
graduate level and above.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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