Non-focal prominence

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Abstract

This paper reports results of two experiments (phonetic production experiment and self-paced perception experiment) on what we call nuclear prominence in Japanese. The goal of this study is two-fold. First, through a production experiment (Experiment 1), we attempt to provide quantitative confirmation of the presence of nuclear prominence in Japanese, which has only been sporadically and informally observed in the literature. Second, we examine in a perception experiment (Experiment 2) whether nuclear prominence has any effect on sentence comprehension. The results of Experiment 1 confirm that the phrase immediately preceding the verb exhibits phonetic prominence. It will also be shown that this prominence is independent of phonetic effects of focus, contrary to what has often been claimed in the literature. The results of Experiment 2 then reveal a hitherto unnoticed aspect of nuclear prominence, that is, it also yields an interpretive effect which presumably is independent of focus. The combined results of our two experiments, in other words, point toward the view that the nature of nuclear prominence is not solely phonetico-phonological but is semantico-pragmatic at least in part.

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  • Indiana University
  • Monash University
  • Tsuda college
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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • nuclear prominence, Japanese, focus
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL13)
EditorsCéleste Guillemot, Tomoyuki Yoshida, Seunghun Lee
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
PublisherMITWPL
Pages243–254
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventThe 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics - International Christian University, Mitaka, Japan
Duration: 2017 May 252017 May 28
https://wafl13.wordpress.com

Publication series

NameMIT Working Papers in Linguistics
PublisherMITWPL
Volume88

Workshop

WorkshopThe 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics
Abbreviated titleWAFL 13
CountryJapan
CityMitaka
Period2017/05/252017/05/28
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