Encoding information structure in Yucatec Maya

  • The aim of this paper is to outline the means for encoding information structure in Yucatec Maya. Yucatec Maya is a tone language, displaying a three-fold opposition in the tonal realization of syllables. From the morpho-syntactic point of view, the grammar of Yucatec Maya contains morphological (topic affixes, morphological marking of out-of-focus predicates) and syntactic (designated positions) means to uniquely specify syntactic constructions for their information structure. After a descriptive overview of these phenomena, we present experimental evidence which reveals the impact of the nonavailability of prosodic alternatives on the choice of syntactic constructions in language production.

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Author:Frank Kügler, Stavros Skopeteas, Elisabeth Verhoeven
Subtitle (English):on the interplay of prosody and syntax
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2007
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/07/18
Tag:cleft constructions; lexical tone; topic affixes; verb-initial; verb-initial cleft constructions
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725 / ISIS (2007) 08
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:erschienen in:
Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : Working papers of the SFB 632. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl., 2007 - 230 S. : graph. Darst.(Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; 8)ISSN 1614-4708ISBN 978-3-939469-72-8
URN: urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-14359
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