Compound stress, informativity and analogy

Bell, Melanie J. and Plag, Ingo (2013) Compound stress, informativity and analogy. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Draft)

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Abstract

It has long been claimed (e.g. Sweet 1892, Bolinger 1972, Ladd 1984) that 3 informativity has an in uence on the leftward or rightward stress assigned to noun- 4 noun combinations in English. However, the few available empirical studies of this 5 hypothesis have provided contradictory ndings (Plag & Kunter 2010, Bell 2012, 6 Bell & Plag 2012). The present paper replicates the e ect of informativity using 7 the same measures as Bell & Plag (2012) but with a di erent set of data. More 8 informative constituents in N2 position tend to be stressed. This result ts with 9 the general propensity of speakers to accentuate important information and our 10 results can therefore be interpreted as further evidence for an accentual theory of 11 compound stress (e.g. Gussenhoven 2004, Kunter 2011). The results also raise 12 the question of the relationship between informativity and constituent identity, 13 which is the strongest known predictor of compound stress pattern (e.g. Plag 2010, 14 Arndt-Lappe 2011). An exploration of this problem shows that the two factors 15 are interrelated. We argue that informativity is best conceptualized as underlying 16 other predictors of prominence, including constituent identity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Citation: Bell, M. and Plag, I., 2013. Compound stress, informativity and analogy. In: 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS). Potsdam, Germany 12-15 March 2013..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 11:00
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:51
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/293258

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