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.

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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Titel på värdpublikationDiscourse and grammar : a festschrift in honor of Valéria Molnár
RedaktörerJohan Brandtler, David Håkansson, Stefan Huber, Eva Klingvall
FörlagLund University (Media-Tryck)
Sidor333-341
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-637-0411-6
StatusPublished - 2012
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa

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