German sentence accent revisited

Féry C, Herbst L (2004)
Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) 1: 43-76.

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Results of a production experiment on the placement of sentence accent in German are reported. The hypothesis that German fulfills some of the most widely accepted rules of accent assignment— predicting focus domain integration—was only partly confirmed. Adjacency between argument and verb induces a single accent on the argument, as recognized in the literature, but interruption of this sequence by a modifier often induces remodeling of the accent pattern with a single accent on the modifier. The verb is rarely stressed. All models based on linear alignment or adjacency between elements belonging to a single accent domain fail to account for this result. A cyclic analysis of prosodic domain formation is proposed in an optimality-theoretic framework that can explain the accent pattern. Japanese wh-questions always exhibit focus intonation (FI). Furthermore, the domain of FI exhibits a correspondence to the wh-scope. I propose that this phonology-semantics correspondence is a result of the cyclic computation of FI, which is explained under the notion of Multiple Spell-Out in the recent Minimalist framework. The proposed analysis makes two predictions: (1) embedding of an FI into another is possible; (2) (overt) movement of a wh-phrase to a phase edge position causes a mismatch between FI and wh-scope. Both predictions are tested experimentally, and shown to be borne out.
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Féry C, Herbst L. German sentence accent revisited. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS). 2004;1:43-76.
Féry, C., & Herbst, L. (2004). German sentence accent revisited. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS), 1, 43-76.
Féry, C., and Herbst, L. (2004). German sentence accent revisited. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) 1, 43-76.
Féry, C., & Herbst, L., 2004. German sentence accent revisited. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS), 1, p 43-76.
C. Féry and L. Herbst, “German sentence accent revisited”, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS), vol. 1, 2004, pp. 43-76.
Féry, C., Herbst, L.: German sentence accent revisited. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS). 1, 43-76 (2004).
Féry, Caroline, and Herbst, Laura. “German sentence accent revisited”. Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) 1 (2004): 43-76.
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