Andrei V. Sideltsev
Unstressed proclitic nu vs. stressed sequence nu + enclitics?
Abstract: This paper deals with the prosody of the Hittite sentence connectives
nu, šu, ta. It is argued that bare sentence connectives are unstressed, being procli-
tics, whereas sentence connectives + enclitics are stressed. Some implications for
diachronic and synchronic phonology of Hittite are also discussed.
Keywords: Hittite, sentence connectives, prosody, stress, proclitics, enclitics
There has recently been a positive revival of interest in
A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a
gun and fires two shots in the air.
‘Why?’ the confused waiter asks as the panda makes towards the exit.
The panda produces an incorrectly punctuated wildlife manual and
tosses it over his shoulder.
‘I’m a panda,’ he says at the door. ‘Look it up.’
The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an
Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots
Prosody is what makes this joke funny.
DOI 10.1515/jall-2013-0001 JALL 2013; 34(1): 1 – 46
Ines Fiedler and Stefanie Jannedy
Prosody of focus marking in Ewe
Abstract: It has often been claimed that in tone languages such as Ewe, prosodic
devices are not exploited in order to mark information-structural categories. The
present study therefore investigates, on the basis of an experimental study,
whether there is an impact of different focus structures (all-new utterances, in
situ object focus, ex situ object focus and subject focus) on the prosodic realiza-
tion of utterances in this language. The
Linguistics 2015; 53(3): 525 – 559
Richard Wiese* and Augustin Speyer
Prosodic parallelism explaining
morphophonological variation in German
Abstract: Words in German show several instances of a seemingly optional
schwa-zero alternation, both in relation with inflected forms as well as in the
final position of stems and simplex words, as in des Tag(e)s ‘the day, gen. sg.’, or
gern(e) ‘gladly’. The present paper proposes that the (non-)appearance of schwa
is partially governed by a hitherto unknown prosodic parallelism: the schwa-
containing form (a