Prosodic Disambiguation of Low versus High Syntactic Attachment across Lexical Biases in English
- Prosodic Disambiguation of Low versus High Syntactic Attachment across Lexical Biases in English
- 윤규철; 전윤실[전윤실]
- prosody; syntactic structure; attachment; lexical bias; pitch pattern; durational pattern
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- 말소리와 음성과학, v.4, no.1, pp.55 - 65
- In this study, the prosodic disambiguation of the syntactic attachment differences was investigated in relation to the effect of lexical bias. Speech materials were composed of N1-conj-N2-PP phrases such as “walkers and runners with dogs.” The results show that the use of durational pattern is dominant over the pitch pattern to differentiate the attachment differences.
The characteristic pitch contour was the rise and fall over N1 and N2 in the high attachment. The pitch contour in the low attachment was the rise and fall over N2 and N3 although the frequency of such patterns was lower for the low attachment case. For the durational pattern, the lengthening in the N2 region plays a significant role in the disambiguation of the syntactic attachments. The interaction between the lexical bias and the syntactic attachment was not statistically significant in the duration data.
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