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Sentence external elements in Catalan

Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa (2003). Sentence external elements in Catalan. Catalan Journal of Linguistics, 2 pp. 15–31.

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Abstract

This paper deals with the intonation of sentence external elements in Catalan. Its main purpose is to investigate the claim that there is a correspondence between prosodic form and grammatical function, so that syntactic independence is paralleled by prosodic independency. A related goal is to identify the mechanisms for signalling prosodic independency and/or dependency. To that end, a production experiment was devised eliciting the same sentences in different pitch ranges. The conclusion is that sentence external elements do not constitute a uniform category, either syntactically or prosodically. Quotation attributions are nearly always deaccented, appositions and non-restrictive relatives copy the pattern of the main phrase in a lower voice, some parentheticals are produced in a lower pitch range, while sentence adverbs do not show any tonal subordination at all.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
ISSN: 1695-6885
Keywords: syntax; intonation; sentence external elements; tags; tonal subordination;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Item ID: 21163
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 14:45
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 14:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21163
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