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The syntax-prosody interface: current theoretical approaches and outstanding questions

Emily Elfner
Published Online: 2018-03-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2016-0081


The syntax-prosody interface concerns the relationship between syntactic and prosodic constituent structure. This paper provides an overview of theoretical advances in research on the syntax-prosody interface. Current theoretical work is situated historically, and is framed in light of the central research questions in the field, including (a) to what extent prosodic structure can be used as a diagnostic for syntactic constituent structure, (b) the significance of recursion in prosodic theory, and (c) how mismatches between syntactic and prosodic constituent structure are modeled in different approaches to the syntax-prosody interface. The paper concludes with a discussion of the current state of the field and directions for future research.

Keywords: syntax-prosody interface; prosody; prosodic theory; recursion


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Received: 2017-09-03

Accepted: 2017-12-12

Published Online: 2018-03-17

Citation Information: Linguistics Vanguard, Volume 4, Issue 1, 20160081, ISSN (Online) 2199-174X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2016-0081.

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