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OXFORD STUDIES COMPARATIVE SYNTAX SERIES

Anti-contiguity

A Theory of Wh- Prosody

Jason Kandybowicz

Anti-contiguity

OXFORD STUDIES COMPARATIVE SYNTAX SERIES

Anti-contiguity

A Theory of Wh- Prosody

OXFORD STUDIES COMPARATIVE SYNTAX SERIES: Anti-contiguity

 

Through original and highly detailed fieldwork on five under-studied languages of West Africa, Jason Kandybowicz develops a novel theory of the interaction between the distribution of interrogative expressions and the sound system of a language.


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Beschrijving OXFORD STUDIES COMPARATIVE SYNTAX SERIES: Anti-contiguity

A recent wave of research has explored the link between wh- syntax and prosody, breaking with the traditional generative conception of a unidirectional syntax-phonology relationship. In this book, Jason Kandybowicz develops Anti-contiguity Theory as a compelling alternative to Richards' Contiguity Theory to explain the interaction between the distribution of interrogative expressions and the prosodic system of a language. Through original and highly detailed
fieldwork on several under-studied West African languages (Krachi, Bono, Wasa, Asante Twi, and Nupe), Kandybowicz presents empirically and theoretically rich analyses bearing directly on a number of important theories of the syntax-prosody interface. His observations and analyses stem from original fieldwork
on all five languages and represent some of the first prosodic descriptions of the languages. The book also considers data from thirteen additional typologically diverse languages to demonstrate the theory's reach and extendibility.

Against the backdrop of data from eighteen languages, Anti-contiguity offers a new lens on the empirical and theoretical study of wh- prosody.


ISBN
9780197509739
Pagina's
176
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Serie
OXFORD STUDIES COMPARATIVE SYNTAX SERIES
NUR
616
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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