Gerrit Kentner

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A production study is presented that investigates the effects of word order and information structural context on the prosodic realization of declarative sentences in Hindi. Previous work on Hindi intonation has shown that: (i) non-final content words bear rising pitch accents (Moore 1965, Dyrud 2001, Nair 1999); (ii) focused constituents show greater pitch(More)
Various recent studies attest that reading involves creating an implicit prosodic representation of the written text which may systematically affect the resolution of syntactic ambiguities in sentence comprehension. Research up to now suggests that implicit prosody itself depends on a partial syntactic analysis of the text, raising the question of whether(More)
Understanding a sentence and integrating it into the discourse depends upon the identification of its focus, which, in spoken German, is marked by accentuation. In the case of written language, which lacks explicit cues to accent, readers have to draw on other kinds of information to determine the focus. We study the joint or interactive effects of two(More)
When confronted with non-native songs, listeners occasionally experience auditory illusions and perceive words in their native language although they are fully aware of the song lyrics being sung in a different language. We compiled two corpora with the original language of the song lyrics being English and the percept being either German or French. Against(More)
A controlled reading experiment reveals that stress-based linguistic rhythm impinges on syntactic ambiguity resolution in silent and oral reading. The results suggest that, at points of syntactic underspecification, the accruing prosodic representation may affect even the earliest stages of structure building, viz. the analysis of syntactic features of an(More)
Prosodic as well as semantic constraints have an effect on children‘s and adults’ speech production. For language acquisition there are many reports indicating a preference for the avoidance of *LAPSE meaning two or more unstressed syllables in a sequence (Gerken 1996). Furthermore, there are findings demonstrating an effect of ANIM, the preference for(More)
Coordinated names, like Anna and Bill or Mary, form a syntactically ambiguous structure, in the same way as an arithmetic procedure like 3 – 2 + 1, which can be resolved as 2 or as 0, depending on the order of the operations. In the case of coordinated names, the ambiguity concerns the branching direction and the level of syntactic embedding of the(More)
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