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Gisbert Fanselow, Caroline Féry, Matthias Schlesewsky, and Ralf Vogel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274796.001.0001

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Prosodic Influence on Syntactic Judgements

Prosodic Influence on Syntactic Judgements

(p.336) 17 Prosodic Influence on Syntactic Judgements
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Modest experimental findings support the general moral that this chapter is tempted to draw on the basis of informal judgments of written and spoken sentences. That is, acceptability judgments on written sentences are not purely syntax-driven; they are not free of prosody even though no prosody exists in the stimulus. This has a useful result for the conduct of syntactic research: more widespread use must be made of spoken sentences for achieving syntactic well-formedness judgments. The ideal way of presentation gives both written and auditory versions of the sentence, to reduce perceptual memory errors while making sure that the sentence is being judged on the basis of the prosody intended.

Keywords:   prosody, syntax, acceptability judgments, Japanese language, semantics, spoken sentences, written sentences

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