Hubert Truckenbrodt

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Research on syntax in recent decades has focused on four overlapping topics: 1. the laws that govern the assignment of words to positions in a hierarchical syntactic structure; 2. the laws that govern the assignment of words to more than one position in hierarchical syntactic structure (movement or chain formation); 3. the interface between syntactic(More)
One of the most important tests that any theory of a given descriptive domain must pass is its ability to treat the apparent idiosyncrasies of the data; a theory which is able to extract significant generalities from such irregularities is more adequate (all else being equal) than one which is not. 1 Introduction Vowel harmony is a phonological process by(More)
Prosodic and syntactic constraints conflict with each other. This is particularly evident in the expression of focus, where the best position for main stress does not necessarily match the best syntactic position for the focused constituent. But focus and stress must match, therefore either stress or the focused constituent must renounce their best position(More)
In this article we will explore the consequences of adopting recent proposals by Chomsky, according to which the syntactic derivation proceeds in terms of phases. The notion of phase – through the associated notion of spellout – allows for an insightful theory of the fact that syntactic constituents receive default phrase stress not across the board, but as(More)
Previous studies have revealed that infants aged 6-10 months are able to use the acoustic correlates of major prosodic boundaries, that is, pitch change, preboundary lengthening, and pause, for the segmentation of the continuous speech signal. Moreover, investigations with American-English- and Dutch-learning infants suggest that processing prosodic(More)
Processing of an obligatory phonotactic restriction outside the focus of the participants' attention was investigated by means of ERPs using (reversed) experimental oddball blocks. Dorsal fricative assimilation (DFA) is a phonotactic constraint in German grammar that is violated in *[epsilonx] but not in [open ox], [epsilonintegral], and [open ointegral].(More)
0. Introduction In this paper, we describe some interactions between morphology and the tonal phonology and phonetics in Loka" a" [lòk#$ %]. We are particularly interested in the Future Negative, which exhibits leftward spreading of a suffixal L tone. In the verb stem, this spreading process leads to a replacement of the tones of the stem. We argue with(More)