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The prosodic hierarchy of Swedish
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
Number of Authors: 2
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Linguistics, ISSN 0332-5865, E-ISSN 1502-4717, Vol. 38, no 2, 115-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We give an overview of the phonological properties and processes that define the categories of the prosodic hierarchy in Swedish: the PROSODIC WORD (omega), the PROSODIC PHRASE (phi) and the INTONATION PHRASE (iota). The separation of two types of tonal prominence, BIG ACCENTS versus SMALL ACCENTS (previously called FOCAL and WORD ACCENT, e.g. Bruce 1977, 2007), is crucial for our analysis. The omega in Swedish needs to be structured on two levels, which we refer to as the minimal omega and the maximal omega, respectively. The minimal omega contains one stress, whereas the maximal. contains one accent. We argue for a separate category phi that governs the distribution of big accents within clauses. The iota governs the distribution of clause-related edge phenomena like the INITIALITY ACCENT and right-edge boundary tones as well as the distribution of NUCLEAR BIG ACCENTS.

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2015. Vol. 38, no 2, 115-147 p.
Keyword [en]
big and small accent, intonation phrase, prosodic hierarchy, prosodic phrase, prosodic word, Swedish
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122758DOI: 10.1017/S0332586515000177ISI: 000362495600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-122758DiVA: diva2:871429
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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