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During the decade following the publication of Liberman & Prince’s (1977) article proposing a metrical solution to the phenomenon of ‘stress shift’ or the Rhythm Rule, a number of refinements have appeared in the literature (Giegerich 1983, Prince 1983, Hayes 1984, Selkirk 1984, Gussenhoven 1991). Up until recently, however (see, though, Cooper & Eady(More)
Hesitation disfluencies after phonetically prominent stranded function words are thought to reflect the cognitive coding of complex structures. Speech fragments following the Swedish function word att 'that' were analyzed syntactically, and divided into two groups: one with att in disfluent contexts, and the other with att in fluent contexts. Complexity was(More)
The accenting of contextually ‘given’ information constitutes a problem for analyses that regard accents as correlating only with ‘new’ information. It will be shown that the accenting of ‘given’ information is explainable as resulting from general metrical well-formedness conditions on prosodic constituents. Units higher than the word are seen to obey the(More)
Results indicating that high stem tones realizing word accents activate a certain class of suffixes in online processing of Central Swedish are presented. This supports the view that high Swedish word accent tones are induced onto word stems by particular suffixes rather than being associated with words in the mental lexicon. Using event-related potentials,(More)
Right-edge boundary tones have earlier been found to restrict syntactic processing by closing a clause for further integration of incoming words. The role of left-edge intonation, however, has received little attention to date. We show that Swedish left-edge boundary tones selectively facilitate the on-line processing of main clauses, the syntactic(More)