A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This volume addresses several claims about the two prominence patterns found
in English nominal compounds in a rigorously empirical way. Listener
proficiency to identify these patterns is investigated, and the acoustic properties
that distinguish the patterns are identified. These properties are used to predict
statistically the prominence pattern of any given compound. The book further
analyzes the semantic and structural factors influencing the distribution of the
prominence patterns, and addresses the extent of within- and across-speaker
variability in English compound stress assignment.