Fonologiseminariet: Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng (Leiden University) — Recursion and the definition of universal prosodic categories
Speaker: Lisa Cheng (Leiden University) and Laura Downing (Gothenburg) Title: Recursion and the definition of universal prosodic categories
In this talk, the use of Phonological Phrase recursion is reviewed in several case studies, chosen because prosodic recursion mostly does not reflect syntactic recursion as defined in current syntactic theory. We provide reanalyses which do not appeal to prosodic recursion (unless syntactically motivated), showing that Phonological Phrase recursion is not necessary to capture the relevant generalizations. The more restrictive use of prosodic recursion we argue for has the following conceptual advantages. It allows for more consistent cross-linguistic generalizations about the syntax-prosody mapping. It allows the fundamental syntactic distinctions between clause (and other phases) and phrase to be reflected in the prosodic representation. And it allows cross-linguistic generalizations to be made about the prosodic domain of intonational processes such as downstep and continuation rise.
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