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Title: Sentential Form and Prosodic Structure of Catalan
Written By: Ingo Feldhausen
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 168

This monograph presents an experimental and theoretical inquiry into the
role of
sentential form and variation in the prosodic structure of Catalan. The
section examines intonational phrasing across sentence forms, including SVO
structures with either nominal or sentential objects and structures
involving clitic
left- and right-dislocations. The results show variation in phrasing that
on syntactic factors and non-syntactic factors such as topic-hood and prosodic
binarity. The theoretical section uses Stochastic Optimality Theory to
model the
variation and frequency distributions associated with the observed prosodic
patterns. Various syntactic and non-syntactic factors are represented by
alignment constraints, which play a major role in Catalan, and by constraints
that limit size and those that limit the overall amount of prosodic
structure. This
study represents a combined approach to prosody and syntax and is of
particular relevance for theoretical and empirical linguists interested in the
relationship between these domains both in Catalan and other languages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287595
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255518
Prices: U.K. £ 99.00
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