Swedish as a [+Continuity] language : left-edge prosody and right-edge morphosyntax

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Swedish and French avoid placing focused constituents at the left periphery of sentences. This has previously been suggested to be due to phonological factors. Here, we develop this idea and argue that the reason for avoiding focus at the left edge in these languages is the existence of syntactically related prosodic prominences in the beginning of utterances. Initial focal accents would overlap with the syntactically related accents, forcing a suboptimal prosodic structure. Further, we provide evidence for such a left-edge boundary tone in Swedish main clauses, as well as for a complementary strong tendency in Swedish to associate the right edge of sentences with focus.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • boundary-tone, left periphery, focus, C-continuity, Swedish, prosody
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourse and grammar : a festschrift in honor of Valéria Molnár
EditorsJohan Brandtler, David Håkansson, Stefan Huber, Eva Klingvall
PublisherLund University (Media-Tryck)
ISBN (Print)978-91-637-0411-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

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